Advent is a time of waiting. It is a time of waiting for something and for someone to come who can fix all the brokenness in our lives, a savior and king. As we near the celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus, we must be ready in a posture of waiting.
Waiting is a time for preparation. Preparing our hearts. Preparing our homes.
To wait means to be in a posture of acceptance. Waiting requires open hands and open hearts.
Waiting also means to serve. A waiter or waitress takes care of your needs during a meal. Waiting means to listen and respond; waiting is active and diligent. I know this, for I am a restaurant waiter once again.
Waiting is about anticipation, joyful and expectant, awaiting the presence of our King.
As farm production goes dormant for winter, we find ourselves in our own season of Advent. We celebrate all the lives we were able to touch and all the meals we are able to serve this past year. However, we do so not knowing what the next season of our farm holds or what/where Keipos will look like in the days ahead.
This year was a difficult year on us financially. Our tools and infrastructure cost exceeded what we were able to bring in through food and farm sales. Though we were able to house, feed, and equip students, volunteers, and groups, we worked the entire year, sometimes in excess of 90 hours per week for zero personal income. On top of that the generous donations we have received through Keipos have fallen short of completely providing for our basic financial needs.
A sustainable farm cannot be sustainable if it does not have the income to harness all the land in a way that can pay the bills. Neither can a ministry be sustainable if it can’t support the servants doing the work.
Today, I was reminded of an old advent blog which I wrote four Christmas’ ago. The blog said this:
“Most of the time we do not anticipate some future redemption. Most of the time we are not looking forward to heaven. Most of the time we are hoping for some worldly thing. Usually (okay probably always) if we achieve or receive the finite thing for which we hope it rarely, if ever, leads to freedom; instead, it leads to more bondage. The truth is that sin will continue to affect me even after my goals are achieved. Let me give you an example: I could not wait to stop being a tenant farmer and own my own land. I achieved my goal, which is glorious by the way. But the truth is I just find myself in new bondage, to a mortgage instead of rent, to new animals, to new challenges of balancing life, to wanting and needing more land. Our finite hopes will always leave us empty. The hope we need to cling to can only be an open-ended hope, a future hope for what God will do, and a present hope of what God is doing in us and through us to achieve His ultimate purposes, not ours. This is Mary’s hope in her Magnificat (Luke 1)! Do you want to limit your disappointment and frustration? Open your hands and be grateful knowing God’s plan is our hope!”
Will you join us in prayer as we await the Lord and His direction for our lives, ministry, and farm? And if you are able, please consider giving a year-end tax deductible donation to Keipos.
No matter what tomorrow holds, we wait preparing our hearts, with joyful anticipation, knowing the King is coming!
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