The Gift of Waiting

As you observe Advent this year, we invite you to join Words of Hope and Western Theological Seminary with daily devotionals on advent and the spiritual act of waiting. 

Waiting is an uncomfortable experience. At best, it can be painfully boring, and at worst it can be full of uncertainty and fear. It’s hard to wait for what we most desire. The longing and waiting of Advent became even more pronounced this year as we long and wait for vaccines and effective treatments for COVID-19. While we are uncertain of the pandemic’s full impact, we remain certain of our hope in Jesus Christ.

In this Advent series, we invite you to think about waiting in a new way. The season of Advent is a season when we wait, not just for Christmas, but for Christ himself, and as we wait for Christ, we are invited into fruitful participation in God’s work in the world.

The Gift of Waiting is written by a group of faculty and staff from Western Theological Seminary. Western Theological Seminary is a vibrant, nurturing academic community preparing students for lifelong ministry. To learn more, visit www.westernsem.edu.

Felix Theonugraha: President of Western Theological Seminary.
Jeff Munroe: Retired Executive Vice President
Kristen Deede Johnson: Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Professor of Theology and Christian Formation
Andy Bast: Director of Development
Jill English: Director of Admissions
Chuck DeGroat: Professor of Pastoral Care and Christian Spirituality
Gretchen Torres: Administrative Assistant for Master of Theology and Hispanic Ministry Programs
J. Todd Billings: Gordon H. Girod Research Professor of Reformed Theology
Katlyn DeVries: Assistant to Todd Billings
Sue Rozeboom: Associate Professor of Liturgical Theology

About the Author

Katlyn DeVries

Katlyn DeVries is a student at Western Seminary, and holds the position of Girod Assistant.  

Dr. J. Todd Billings is the Gordon H. Girod Research Professor of Reformed Theology at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI. An ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America, he received his M.Div. from Fuller Seminary and his Th.D. from Harvard. Dr. Billings approaches the discipline of theology with a commitment to the ministry of the church. His varied experience in Christian ministry includes work in community development in Uganda, teaching theology in Ethiopia, working on staff at a Boston-area homeless shelter, and serving his local church in various leadership roles. He is an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America.

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