Hurry up and wait. If this seems like your life, welcome to Advent. Advent is all about waiting. Most human beings are not particularly good at waiting. In this four-week season that begins Sunday Dec 3rd, we wait for the birth of our savior, Jesus.
Often waiting feels like a waste of time. We wait for the rain to stop or the sun to rise. But Advent waiting is meant to be the opposite. It is meant to be active waiting. Henri Nouwen writes, “We live the present moment to the full in order to find there the signs of the One we are waiting for.”
Advent waiting invites reflection. What brought meaning, true peace and joy this past year? What do we need to change where those gifts were lacking? Advent reflection is meant to bring us closer to Christ. Where did we see God in ourselves, others and our world? What spiritual disciplines help us grow?
Our children await Christmas day with great expectation, enthusiasm, and joy. These gifts are possible for all if we are using Advent waiting to consider the ways we can grow closer to Christ, and thus see him more often, no matter the season.
Grace and Peace, Kim