Advent means “coming” – a time of waiting with expectant hope. As Ann Voskamp says, “Each day of Advent, He gives you the gift of time, so you have time to be still and wait.” I think to the first Advent, the first waiting for the arrival of Christ’s birth, filled with expectancy and yet wonder: How is the promised peace, justice, and righteousness coming through these seven words, “For unto us a child is born” (Isaiah 9:1-7)?
As we await the birth of our son during the start to Advent, the season takes on a new meaning. The waiting provides space in our hearts to prepare for the miracle.
“Wait for the coming of the God in the manger who makes Himself bread for us near starved. For the Savior in swaddling who makes Himself the robe of righteousness for us worn out.” –Ann Voskamp
We found out last week that I would need to be induced two weeks early because of some complications with the pregnancy and our baby not growing for the past several weeks. The week of waiting has been long, filled with questions and anxiety, and yet also filled with community and others’ love, support, and prayers.
Tonight we’ll check into the hospital and begin the induction process… not how we would have planned, but trusting the doctors’ wisdom. Yet in the uncertainty, the unknowns we wait and we hope. We trust in God who Himself became a babe to save us all.
And we can’t wait to hold our precious son in our arms soon…