What are we waiting for?
This time of year, children are making wish lists and eagerly anticipating Santa’s arrival. College students are counting the days until finals end and winter break begins. Holiday shoppers may have waited for the Black Friday shopping bonanza, or be waiting for even better pre-Christmas sales.
On a deeper level, we’re all waiting for something more meaningful and lasting. We long for an end to hatred and violence; for a day when we no longer are bitterly divided along political lines; for everyone to have shelter and food and health care. We long for the lion to lie down with the lamb and God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.
On Sunday, we begin the season of Advent, a time of holy waiting. We wait for the yearly celebration of the birth of Jesus – God come to live among us in human form. And we anticipate Jesus’ return, the day when all are united in the kin-dom of God.
Advent provides time to pause and reflect on the meaning of God’s arrival as one of us, and of what we can do to continue Jesus’ work of healing, peace, justice and service. We can find ways to share God’s love and joy with others, whether by praying for them or providing gifts for local families through our “giving tree” or feeding our neighbors at the Saturday luncheons or offering a smile and kind word to weary holiday sales clerks.
Taking time to reflect during this busy season brings peace to our souls. And spreading joy and love to others brings greater joy and love and meaning into our own lives. These are the gifts of Advent, as we await our God Incarnate.
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