Watching and Waiting Expectantly

November 30, 2014


Advent is one of life’s liminalities, a threshold, a season of passage and discovery, a time of watching and waiting.  Advent celebrates the coming of God, the entrance of the Holy One into human history in the person of Jesus Christ.  He came 2,000 years ago into the Greco-Roman world of Caesar Augustus and was born a child in Bethlehem of Judea.  He also comes now into our world and meets us as Risen Lord where and when we least expect him.  He will come again when God brings this world and human history to its conclusion.  Christ’s coming always creates a threshold, for through him God opens new horizons, inaugurates a new age, and so unsettles our thoughts and feelings that we experience a new life.  In this new life we leave what once was and we venture forth to what is yet to be fulfilled.

Bible References

  • Jeremiah 33:14 - 16
  • Habakkuk 1:1 - 5
  • Habakkuk 2:4
  • Mark 13:32 - 37