Advent is a time of expected waiting. Perhaps you’ve ordered something through Amazon and you have eagerly waited for it to arrive. From the minute you clicked on the “buy” button, you were waiting for the arrival of what you were expecting. Then it arrived, and perhaps there was a bit of inner celebration that “it’s finally here.”
In the church we celebrate four weeks of Advent, anticipated waiting for the celebration of the birth of Christ.
It’s a little harder these days to get in the mindset of waiting as opposed to celebrating when we are hearing the birth of Christ announced with songs on the radio in November and even singing those songs in our worship service before Dec. 25th. Still, pausing for four weeks to wait is good; it builds the anticipation and celebration.
Waiting begs the question, What are we waiting for? Since we know what this is, Christ’s birth, even as we thankfully and joyously celebrate that on Christmas, for us today we can also ask the question more broadly. What are we waiting for now? The Advent texts are full of longing and cries. So we ask: what are we longing for now? What are our cries about now? Then we can move to exploring this question of waiting now in three different directions.
What are we waiting for from God?
More reflectively, what are we longing for and waiting for within ourselves and our inner lives?
What do we celebrate as a community and where is God’s light being revealed?
One of the gifts of Christ’s birth is that its impact on our life is a daily gift. While Christ’s birth was a one-time event in history, it is God’s gift that keeps on giving. Every day God in Christ can be born anew in our hearts. Every day Emmanuel, God with us, extends grace, compassion hope, presence (to name a few) in very real and needed ways. Since God is already always present, the ball is in our court.
What are we waiting for? It’s time to tell God what we are waiting for today, what we are longing for today, and to name those places within our communities where God’s light has been revealed and to celebrate that!
It is indeed Advent: What are we waiting for?
You are welcome to join us for Advent and Christmas worship at Hudson Lake Mennonite Church. Advent worship begins at 10:00 a.m. ET; singing of Christmas carols begins at 9:53 a.m. ET. Candlelight Christmas Eve service Dec. 24th, 6:00 p.m. ET.