December 10, 2007

what are we waiting for?

The season of Advent is upon us. A season of waiting, anticipation, patience and preparation. We watch for the coming of our King.

What are we waiting for? Are we waiting for the annoyances of the holiday season to be over with? Are we waiting for an end of the year bonus? Are anxious to see family we rarely do? Are we anxious to see our credit card bills from this month?

Last night, our community wrestled with anticipation in our own lives. Changes, new things that seem to be upon us or just on the horizon. New seasons are hard for so many of us. Not all of us like change. I do. But I've had to realize not everyone is like that.

I remember looking for work after being 'let go' one year. I spoke about it during one of our Advent gatherings with Matthew's House. The anxiety of not knowing when a new job would be found was overwhelming at times.

There's so many things we seem to only learn by waiting. I read an article in Geez that talked about boredom. Americans hate being bored. The classic, whining phrase that has come from every childs mouth, "I'm borrrrrred," is something we all can remember. But boredom is not unlike waiting. We learn patience and we discover creativity. We prepare for what's next.

Why is Advent important? We prepare in Advent. For those of us that have lived without the rhythms, prayers and celebration of Advent it is so easy to find ourselves swept into the consumer fervor of this season. Advent reminds us that this time is not about shopping at break-neck speed. It isn't about rushing from one eggnog filled event to the next. It is about preparing ourselves for the Kingdom come.

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