Here we are again, in the season of Advent: the season of waiting. We wait to celebrate the birth of Jesus—His first coming—and we remember that He will come again and take us unto Himself.
Merely waiting can be hard. We’d rather be doing something, and during Advent that “something” has become a bit of a monster! We talk about putting Christ in Christmas; we also need to put Christ back into Advent. Taking time to wait upon the Lord prepares our hearts for the coming celebration and makes it more meaningful.
Take time out from parties and shopping and decorating. Take time to read the old stories; to think about those people waiting so long ago: the prophets, Zechariah, Elizabeth, Mary, Joseph, Anna, Simeon—even the Angels of Heaven.
Remember that “waiting” doesn’t mean “passive.” Spend some time in scripture and prayer. Make space for Him to fill your Advent with Himself. Then the mystery of the season will fill your heart with joy.
One more thought: This season is hard for those who are mourning or suffering illness or other loss. Be sensitive to their needs and faithfully lift them to the Lord who loves all of us so much.
Prayer: Open our hearts, O Lord, as we wait upon you. Remind us of the meaning of the birth of Jesus. Fill us with your spirit and great anticipation of the blessings to come. Amen. -Fran Wheeler From the Church Street Advent Devotion Book, 2013