“Are you willing to be content in the expectation of Christ’s coming…to not jump to the end, but to relish in the journey leading to Christ’s coming? The adventure and joy of expectation.”
What should expectation during the Christmas season look like? Should we view it as being mixed with both hopefulness for our redemption and sadness for our sinfulness?
In Matthew 24, Jesus is admonishing his disciples to be prepared, to have their eyes and ears open, to be watching for Christ’s coming. It might seem silly to picture Jesus as a scoutmaster, but perhaps that isn’t a bad analogy?
When our faith feels weak—in our wilderness journeys, our spiritual hunger, our fear, our despair—we might ask God to strike us dumb.
This Advent season, Job provides us with a model of how to wait. Let us, too, voice our deepest fears and frustrations to God.
This Advent, let us remember just what we are waiting for.