Advent is probably my favorite season of the Church Year. I love it so much because it is the time of year that speaks most to my heart. Advent is a time of waiting–not so much for Christmas as it is for the fulfillment of God’s Kingdom. Deep within me, I know my soul is waiting: waiting for friends and loved ones to be healed from sickness or affliction; waiting for fighting to end in many countries around the world; waiting for us to learn how to care for the poor, the homeless and the elderly; waiting for us to be a people who accept all.
Advent is a time of solemn, holy waiting. It’s also a time of expectant joy because we know Christ will come. Christ has come before on Christmas and given us new life. We anticipate the joy that will one day be ours.
I also find worship during Advent to be particularly moving. The traditional prayers and scripture lessons speak to the hopes and dreams planted in our hearts by the God who seeks to save us.
I hope and pray that you will have a truly blessed and holy Advent season.