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I wonder how good you are at waiting – some people are more patient than others – and the more patient can get classed as tardy and lazy with little interest in making progress and the less patient are dubbed impetuous always wanting tomorrow today and the best now without having to work for it.

The Christian pathway involves constant waiting but not in such earthly ways. The Christian waiting focuses on something that will change human life and the world – the return of Christ. This event, yet to come, and alternatively referred to as the Second Coming, the Rapture, the Parousia, will be quite different from the human birth of Jesus. Jesus himself told his closest friends that all nations will see the Son of Man (Jesus) coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory; and He will send His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect (Christian believers).

This was confirmed by the angels who appeared to the watchers of the ascension of Jesus, and who said that this same Jesus who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven. St Paul states in his writings that this is a definite event to come and applies to both the Christian departed and those living – Jesus will not lose anyone who has trusted and believed in Him.

The Bible says that no one knows when Christ will return, but that now, Jesus is sitting at the right hand of God in heaven, awaiting to be told by His Father, God, when to make that return. So, we wait with Jesus until that time, but meanwhile we must go about our daily lives trusting in the greatest friend we could ever have – Jesus, the sinners’ friend – comforting one another through life’s tribulations that we as believing Christians shall all be included.