Waiting. We’re not very good at that anymore. Maybe we never were. But in this instant-everything age, we get frustrated if we have to wait for any length of time. Who can afford to waste time these days?
We have too much to do. Every second counts.
But the advent season is all about waiting. During advent, we’re reminded of all those centuries when God’s people awaited the fulfillment of God’s promises, the years of uncertainty, the time of doubt. This side of Christmas, it’s easy to think that this season is all about arrival, the birth of Jesus. And that’s partly true. The story does find its fitting climax in the coming of the Messiah. But let’s not forget the waiting that preceded Christ’s advent, the waiting that God forced his people to endure. (Marc Cortez, “Forced to Wait: An Advent Reflection)
As Christians, we are also in a time of waiting, looking for the second coming of the Messiah. Advent is intended to help us reorient our lives and plans around that expectation. This year, we will focus each week on an important aspect of that waiting, both then and now. We want to not only remember the longing and then the joy of Christ’s birth, but to capture a vision for our own lives as we look for the “blessed day” when our King returns in glory.