“A prison cell, in which one waits, hopes – and is completely dependent on the fact that the door of freedom has to be opened from the outside, is not a bad picture of Advent” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer, God Is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas).
I wonder how many of us currently feel trapped in our present circumstances and see no way out. I wonder how many feel like they are destined to repeat the same old scenario day after day with nothing ever changing.
Advent means hope. Just as those people waited with hope up to the birth of Christ, so we wait with hope for His return. But it is not a passive waiting. We seek to be Jesus in the world while we wait for Him to make it right.
Advent means that just as every other promise of God has come to pass, so we know that the hope we have won’t disappoint. We don’t wait in vain.
May your fear and anxiety give way to hope and joy in this 2020 Advent season, knowing that He who promised is faithful, and will do what He said He would.