Advent is a time of paradox:  We simultaneously await God’s presence in our lives while celebrating that God’s presence is already to be found everywhere. God is revealed to us every day, in tiny ways, even as we are called to wait, watch, and anticipate the coming of the light of Christ.

But in today’s world, we are out of practice with waiting.  Rarely do we wait anymore.  Amazon Prime can deliver what we really wanted for Christmas in less than two days.  When we are forced to wait in long lines, traffic jams, or at the doctor’s office, we have our iPhones to keep us entertained.

So it’s easy to believe that there is nothing worth anticipating and that the darkness that surrounds us this time of year is just darkness, without hope or wonder.  But then we hear Luke’s words:

By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.    – Luke 1: 78- 79…