19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Year 1: August 11, 2019
Preaching Text: Hebrews 11:1-16
Waiting by Kevin Henkes
(Written for ages 4-8)
Comment: In Hebrews, the passage recounts our ancestors in faith who looked ahead to God’s promises and city. They were waiting for something more to arrive. And, the passage tells us, they waited with expectancy and assurance, which is faith and hope. Similarly, in Kevin Henkes’ Waiting, several toys sit on a windowsill, waiting. They, like the ancestors of faith, wait for what they know will come: snow, wind, rain, the moon, and springtime blossoms. The toys wait, knowing what will come, so they have faith and hope. But they are not exactly sure when those things will come, like the ancestors in faith. Like the toys, and our ancestors in faith, sometimes we will have to wait. We may have to wait for God’s promises to be fulfilled, for the hopes we have to come to fruition. Like the toys, we can wait with expectation, and be assured that what we wait for will come, and to wait that way is faith. But like the toys, and our ancestors before us, we may not know exactly when the things we have faith in will arrive. What we can do is watch and wait for God with faith and hope.
Thanks to Sara Anne Berger, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Nachitoches, LA, for writing the Year 1 Revised Common Lectionary Links.