Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord.
7 Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord. Consider the farmer who waits patiently for the coming of rain in the fall and spring, looking forward to the precious fruit of the earth. 8 You also must wait patiently, strengthening your resolve, because the coming of the Lord is near. 9 Don’t complain about each other, brothers and sisters, so that you won’t be judged. Look! The judge is standing at the door!
10 Brothers and sisters, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord as an example of patient resolve and steadfastness.
This book is designed to serve as a kind of devotional almanac, a traveling companion for our Advent journey; a guide not only for Jesus-followers but also for those looking in from the periphery of belief. The following pages—more than just a collection of stories that help us understand the meaning of Christmas—ultimately turn out to be a personal statement of faith.- from the A Note to the Reader section