MY FAVORITE CHRISTMAS PHOTO taken by Justin Sinclair

A few Christmases ago I was waiting in line at a big box store (the one that sells awesome hotdogs), reminding myself of why I don’t frequent big box stores. Is it just me or does the shortest line always become the slowest line because I’m in it?

The longer I waited the more frustrated I became. Unseasonal words filled my mind. “Why me, Lord?”

Waiting

And as I waited I had an “aha” moment. Waiting. I was waiting to get through the line. Nothing spectacular. I wasn’t waiting on something spiritual, as in “waiting on the Lord.”

But I was experiencing what the weeks before Christmas are supposed to mean to Christians. The very heart of Advent (the four Sundays before Christmas) is about waiting or better yet – preparing. The work of taking an inventory of attitudes, habits, opinions or whatever hinders us from experiencing God’s love and submitting them to the grace of Jesus.

My aha moment led me to try and use waiting in lines as a forced moment of reflection. Not through gritted teeth but a grateful heart. Believe me, I’ve had lots of practice. But the approach has kept me from getting ulcers and other ill effects.

Reflecting

And so tonight, as I waited for a train to pass – one that must surely have been the slowest train in the world with a seemingly endless number of rail cars – I reflected.

Images and sounds from Christmases at North Pointe flowed by with each passing car.

I wondered about people who are waiting for something good to happen for them. And I think how this Christmas at North Pointe could be what they are waiting for.

Rock Choir 2016

Rock Choir 2013

Rock Choir 2014

Rock Choir 2015

Christmas Shoeboxes 2015

Christmas Shoeboxes 2016

Hope Terra Christmas Baskets

Women’s Christmas Gathering 2016

King’s Kids Choir 2014

Children’s Christmas 2015

The Kimos on Christmas Eve

APPLICATION: Has this post been of benefit to you? Will you try using waiting in lines as moments of grace this Christmas? If so, let me know your experience. Please leave a comment below. Thank you and have your best Christmas season ever! And why not use this post to invite your family and friends to make new memories at North Pointe this month.


I write to inspire people to be real, grow an authentic faith in Jesus, enjoy healthy relationships and discover their life purpose. If this material is helpful to you, please follow me.

  • Subscribe. I’ll put helpful content into your email box early Mondays and Thursdays, as well as upcoming events at North Pointe Community Church, Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Follow on Twitter. I daily tweet info I think you’ll be interested in.
  • Friend on Facebook. If you “like” my page, let me know you found me here.
  • Connect on Linkedin. I like this because it reminds me what people think I’m good at.
Bob Jones

Author Bob Jones

Pastor at North Pointe Community Church for 27 years. Happily married to Jocelyn for 38 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three gorgeous daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring faith in Jesus through communicating, blogging, counseling and coaching. I enjoy running, reading, writing and ball hockey. Fan of the Esks and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

More posts by Bob Jones

Leave a Reply