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. Click here for daily devotionals during Advent, or search for “Words of Hope” wherever you get your podcasts!


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 our featured 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:

Felix Theonugraha: President
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, International Students Assistant, Receptionist
J. Todd Billings: Gordon H. Girod Research Professor of Reformed Theology
Katlyn DeVries: Writing Assistant and Girod Assistant
Sue Rozeboom: Associate Professor of Liturgical Theology

The Words of Hope Podcast is written and produced by two time WTS graduate, Adam Navis (M.Div ’06, D.Min. ’16)