Advent Reflections

Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast off the works of darkness, and put upon us the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Because you sent your beloved Son to redeem us from sin and death, and to make us heirs in him of everlasting life; that when he shall come again in power and great triumph to judge the world, we may without shame or fear rejoice to see his appearing.
— Book of Common Prayer | Advent, Week 1

Waiting is rarely fun and hardly easy. The pace of time seems to quicken with each passing year. As more of our life gathers behind us, patience is lost in the wake. This is why it can be so difficult when God asks us to wait. Precious few moments are left. Doesn't God know that? Yet it is in the waiting that God performs his greatest miracles. 

"From of old no one has heard, or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him." (64:4). The prophet Isaiah tells us that there is no other God who works while we wait. He works in ways we don't expect and at times when it seems there is no time left. 

Advent is the annual reminder that God calls us to wait for him. It is the reminder that he does "awesome things that we [do] not look for" (64:3). Advent is the reminder that God did "rend the heavens and come down" (64:1). The mountains and the nations quaked at his presence. But he would come in an unexpected way in an out-of-the-way place. At the proper time, he sent his Son (Gal 4:4). 

As we re-enact the drama of God becoming flesh during the Advent season, he is teaching us what it means to wait. Let's let learn anew the power of waiting on God.