About sixty years ago, I started taking photographs. The film canister came in a bright yellow box. I’d take out the roll of film, place it in the camera, wind on till the sprockets engaged, and shut the camera back. I was then ready to take pictures. Once the film was exposed, it had to be rewound, removed from the camera and sent off for processing. The colour prints would arrive a week or two later.

Patience and care were required. Now, on my digital single lens reflex camera, or on my Smartphone, I can press the shutter umpteen times, upload a picture and, if I choose to, display it for all the world to see. We’ve become used to an instant world where waiting is irksome.

It’s Advent and we wait – for the King of kings to make his appearance. Many centuries ago prophets anticipated the Saviour’s arrival: as a baby. It happened, but only after a long wait. The early Christians, after Jesus’ resurrection and ascension, anticipated his second coming. They expected it to happen imminently. It didn’t. And we still wait for his second coming. Do we wait patiently? St Peter suggested we should: “The Lord is not slow to do what he has promised… Instead, he is patient with you, because he does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants all to turn away from their sins. But the day of the Lord will come.”

Be prepared! Not with a camera to record the occasion, nor with a selfie stick and a shrieking demand for Jesus to pose with you for your Smartphone, but with a mind, heart and soul that is ready to meet him.


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