We have now entered in to the season of Advent this weekend.
The season is characterized by expectant waiting in hope. We begin with a similar theme that we ended the year with. The realization that we are in the time between when Christ has ascended into heaven and when Christ will come the final time in all His glory at the end of time.
I believe that in our day and age waiting is extremely difficult. If we have a question or are wondering about something, we can ask a device we hold in our hand and get an immediate answer or multiple answers and explanations. If we are hungry, we have a microwave that can instantly heat up food. If we need something we just go to a store or go online and order it and in short order, we have received it. These are just a few examples.
The beauty of the Advent wreathe is in the use of candles. Yes, a candle gives light instantly when it has been lighted, but there is something about candles that makes time slow down. I encourage you to take some time before an advent wreathe this season to pray and wait in expectation for the celebration of Christmas. Let us not skip the season of Advent and go straight to Christmas. Instead let us learn from and experience in its fullness this season of expectant waiting in hope.