Advent is one of my favorite times of year. It is marked by longing, by preparation, and the hope of what’s to come.
I struggle with longing. I struggle with wanting. Not in the sense that I do it all the time, but when I do find myself in seasons of longing & preparation, my tendency is to make the moments between wanting and receiving, between longing and fulfillment, as short as possible. It seems my goal is to speed up the process – to long/want as briefly as possible.
A comedian I enjoy named Pete Holmes describes the phenomenon well when he talks about our culture and our abundance of access to information. Watch:
I know it’s a joke, but this rings far too true in my life. I love the idea of being impregnanted with wonder – of yearning for an answer, to know and experience truth is something we, as a culture, have tried to speed through. That feeling and rush of the wave of endorphins from looking for something for so long and finally finding it (Luke 15), regardless of what it is, is vital to our human experience, and we keep trying to fast forward that process (and what a relief it must be to know that Tom Petty is from Florida).
That’s why I love Advent. It’s set aside time to long for the long-expected Christ. To spend time preparing and anticipating the significance of a God who was so passionate for His creation that he would enter my everyday, walking around life.
I want to be impregnanted with wonder at the significance of the humble birth of Christ. I want to be overwhelmed as the reality of a promise comes true in a stable. I want to live in constant hope for redemption for the world we live in, I want to yearn and search and struggle with what it means that a savior is coming, like the wise men, shepherds, and priests of Jesus’ day.
Each day of Advent on the blog I am going to post an Advent reading and some thoughts as a small form of preparing my heart for Christ to enter our story as a baby. The theme of the first week of Advent is Hope – hope in a creator that would never forsake his creation, hope in God of grace and forgiveness, hope for a world in such need of a light in the darkness. Hope that we don’t have to stand idly by, but that we are invited by Jesus to participate in his story of redemption, and hope that as God came before, he will come once again.
What do you hope for this advent season?