During this season of Advent we not only look at those who waited upon the Lords first appearance as He was to be born in Bethlehem but, we now await His second coming.
Yes, waiting can be painfully difficult in many situations. For those of you who have given birth, you understand the patience of waiting. About nine months of waiting and you pray for a healthy baby and that the birth will be without complications.
During those nine months of waiting for the birth of the baby the mother needs to make sure she is getting the proper nutrition and rest and not endangering the unborn child with the consumption of alcohol or tobacco.
There have been many children born who are afflicted with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or Effects. This is due to the ingestion of alcohol beverages during the pregnancy and the way to inhibit this form of mental retardation is through sobriety.
Patience? You don’t know what amount of patience it takes to raise a child who is affected by Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or Fetal alcohol Effects. I do. We adopted a 22-month-old child several years ago from a woman who had consumed alcohol and drugs during the pregnancy and it affected the child. We really came to understand the word patience.
You might want to read a book titled The Broken Cord, by Michael Dorris. The author talks about his experience of adopting a child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and the patience it took to raise the child.
During this season of Advent, pray for those who must find extra strength to face their situations in life. Let us wait patiently on the Lord.
The Most Rev. Michael Layne, PhD, ThD, can be reached at 812-614-2160 or, www.doclayne.com.