Advent: coming or arrival.
The Advent Season is about anticipating the arrival or birth of Jesus.
Anticipation: looking forward to, expectation of; foreknowledge.
Yet there is something more than just a looking forward to or an expectation in our Advent, and in that original Advent Season more than 2,000 years ago. Far deeper than expectation, there is longing--deep longing, like a soul-ache.
Longings… Sometimes they are things we feel so deeply we can’t even speak of them. Sometimes they hurt as they lie silently there.
What are some things we long for? It’s pretty obvious, really. We long for meaningful lives, peace in our time, a healthy economy and a thriving earth.