Late in time, behold Him come / Offspring of a virgin’s womb. (“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”)
In the liturgical calendar, Advent is the season where we anticipate the coming of Christ’s birth. And today, December 25, we celebrate the arrival of Jesus. Today we rejoice over Christ’s birth and commemorate our waiting come to an end.
But for many of us, today, tomorrow, and for the foreseeable future we’ll continue to be thick in seasons of waiting: for a new job, a spouse, a child, a home, a big move.
As we celebrate our waiting come to an end by Christ’s coming, we can consider what the season of Advent teaches us about waiting.
Advent spurs us to actively wait with anticipation.
I’ve been trained to think that waiting is a necessary yet frustrating means to an end. Waiting is part of the human experience, best to be minimized and rushed through with as little consideration as needed.
Yet as I get older, I’m realizing that waiting isn’t necessarily a…