Please note that devotions will be posted Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday this week.

Today’s devotional author is Prince of Peace member, Deb Cordes.

Photo by Levi Meir Clancy on Unsplash

It’s the time of year for waiting.

Waiting for the presents to arrive. Waiting for the new PBS season to start. Waiting for…. Santa or dinner to be done or even Christmas events to be done.

Goodness, waiting is not my strong point.

I met someone and I don’t know her name. I had a routine mammogram last week. We entered the dressing room and exited at the same time. We exchanged a few moments of pleasantry and off I went. When I came back, she was still waiting. I wished her the best and off I went to another appointment.

I was waiting for my car when she came over and stood next to me. She looked worried. As we would all do, I asked her how she was. “Fine. I’ll be fine.” That did not sound fine. Not knowing what to say, I said nothing. Then she continued, “This is my third mammogram in two weeks. They say it’s likely nothing…just something they could not identify. Now, they’ve done a biopsy. It’s nothing. I’ll be fine. I’ve been waiting for an answer.” And there I stood dumbstruck. She’s been waiting for so long for some answer. Without really thinking and not knowing anything about her, I asked if I could pray for her. She looked at me as if I was a lunatic. Her response was “If it makes you feel better. Thank you.” I left her waiting.

When I got to the car, I prayed she would have answers and that she would feel God’s presence walking with her as she waited. It was all I could think of doing.

Please God, as we wait for the birth of the Christ child, help those who wait. Let them know you are with them even as they wait. Give them respite this Christmas season. Amen.