watching and waiting…

Watching and waiting
for someone to understanding me
I hope it won’t be very long…

-Moody Blues

It’s Christmas time. Bells are ringing, children singing. A season for parties and family and celebration.

But for many people…it’s not.

It’s one week before Christmas. Children are watching, anxiously waiting to see what Santa will bring them. Parents are watching, waiting for the best deals and waiting in line. Retailers are watching, waiting to see this year’s profit margin.


Watching the Christmas shows and feeling even lonelier than before. Watching families, laughing and smiling, and having no one to share it with. Watching a loved one as they struggle to breathe and wondering if each breath will be their last.

Watching as someone else gets the promotion. Gets the spot on the team. Wins the prize you’ve longed for. Watching as tornadoes devastate and floods claim lives.


Waiting for test results…is it cancer? Or has the cancer returned? Will my child be able to beat his addiction…this time? Waiting to see if I passed the test. Will I get the job? Will we have enough money to pay the rent? The electric bill?

Waiting…for the phone to ring. For someone to visit. For a friendly word or a smile. Waiting to be loved, to be wanted and needed. To be valued.

It’s called the most wonderful time of the year. And, if you have blinders on, you just might be able to believe that.

For many people, this Christmas will be a first. The first without a loved one. The first without a job. The first since a divorce. The list goes on and on.

We are expected to be happy…to celebrate. To shut off or shut out the unpleasantness that this world brings, without discrimination or prejudice. Even in a little town, two thousand years ago, the birth of a small child was surrounded with more than just anticipation and excitement.

This Christmas, while you are anticipating the coming of our Lord, take a second look around you. Watch for the lonely. Watch for those who need an extra smile as they ring up your purchases. Watch for those you haven’t seen in a while…and check in on them, to let them know someone cares.

Wait for the lost. Wait for those who shuffle slowly out of church. Hold the door for that parent, balancing children and groceries. Wait with those who are lonely or expecting news from a doctor. Wait on those who cannot do for themselves. Wait with those who are mournful.

While you are watching and waiting, do so with the eyes of Christ. For what better way to celebrate his birth, than by celebrating his life.

Come thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in thee…

-Charles Wesley

8 thoughts on “watching and waiting…

  1. It is easy to get caught up in the “merry” in Merry Christmas and forget it isn’t merry for everyone. Based on the obituaries in the paper recently, there a lot of families that will have a difficult time with Christmas. Hopefully, at least some of them will reach up to grasp the hand of the one who is always ready to lift us up. Thanks for the inspiration to look for people in need,


  2. Wow! This is a sad and eye opening piece. Thank you so much. I realized parts of it but wow. Made me very aware. Theresa

    “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” Albus Dumbledore We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love. Mother Teresa of Calcutta



  3. Wonderful piece! Mades one think of helping others.


  4. Beautiful and wise! ⛪️🙏🏻


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