Even though we know what’s coming as we approach Advent each year, it doesn’t reduce or eliminate our delight and wonder.
We know the Christ-Child is coming into our lives in a new and fresh way once again. We likely don’t experience this event in the same way every year. We hope we’ve grown, deepened our faith and perhaps experienced some transformation in our spiritual lives so that how we relate to the birth of Jesus is fresh each year.
Our waiting can take different shapes.
Advent waiting isn’t passive. We can tend actively to Advent waiting rather than quietly wishing it over so we can get to the real celebration: Christmas.
In our crazy-busy society, it’s easy enough to focus on Christmas and completely miss the waiting time and the anticipation. As with traveling, anticipation is often half the pleasure. Take your time with it. Savor it. Think about your preparations.
This message is an excerpt of the devotional “What wants to be born in you: Advent is a time of darkness and possibility” by Sonia C. Solomonson in the December 2016 issue of Gather magazine.