Advent Devotionals: Saturday, December 13

Dianne Stillwell

Second Week of Advent: Peace
December 13, 2014

Because You’re Worth It

Recently, Keith and I decided it was time to brave the lines and long wait in order to enjoy dinner at the newly opened Cheesecake Factory with Brittany, and Kyle. After all, they would be leaving soon and moving to Memphis. We would not have many opportunities like this again for a while.
Keith dropped me off out front and I maneuvered my way to the front of the line and put in our name. When I asked the anticipated length of our wait, I was surprised to hear that it would still be about two hours, even on this Tuesday evening.  In the meantime, Keith ran several errands. Kyle and Brittany continued packing. I took advantage of some Christmas shopping time. I enjoyed strolling through the newer sections of the mall and being amazed at the transformations. A few purchases were made before I headed back to the entrance of the mall near the restaurant. I grabbed a seat and enjoyed some simple conversations with nearby folks. Seemed they were waiting for a table, too. Before I knew it, the rest of my family arrived just as I received a text telling me our table was ready. Perfect timing! While waiting to be seated, we all eyed the delicious looking cheesecakes behind the display case and began trying to decide which kinds we would order later. Finally, we were seated toward a back corner. The waitress politely welcomed us and offered us a menu with over 230 selections to choose from. We spent more time than usual trying to make our choices. While we waited for our food, we enjoyed each other’s company by telling funny stories, updating each other on our recent events, and sharing projected plans for the coming days. Eventually, our food was brought to our table. Oh, it looked incredible! It was now late and we were hungry. Without any delay, we began to enjoy what we had waited so long for...delicious meals of pasta, salads, and salmon. A couple of to-go boxes were packed up and our cheesecake order was taken. THIS is what we had really come for! After all, the name of the restaurant IS the Cheesecake Factory. As the different cheesecakes were placed in front of us, we all oohed and awed, knowing that what we were about to partake would be delicious! We were not disappointed!

As we enter this advent season, we wait for the coming Messiah. We make our festive plans, enjoy the gift of music, spend time with family and friends, and so much more because we know Jesus coming into our lives is worth the wait. The Savior will bring us hope, peace, joy, and love.
“She will give birth to a son, and you will call him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

Prayer:Jesus,We anticipate your coming into our lives this Christmas with hopeful hearts...because you are worth it.