Waiting is hard, isn't it? Waiting to be fed, waiting in line, waiting for answers, waiting to light each candle of Advent, waiting for Christmas. I must admit, I have the hardest time with waiting to light the candles during Advent. I feel like a child; I love candles and I love to light them -- all of them at once! And with the Advent candles, we light just one at a time, adding one more for each Sunday that passes until they are all lit on Christmas Day.
During Advent, I like to sing and meditate on of one of my favorite carols, O Come, O Come Emmanuel. There is a deep yearning in this song that draws me into anticipation. The words and the lighting of the candles remind me of Whom we are waiting, counting off the days, "Until the Son of God appear. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you O Israel."
In these last days as we wait for Christmas to come, let us be patient with one another as God is patient with us, let us bear with the darkness until each candle is lit and darkness gives way to The Light.
His name shall be called, Emmanuel -- God is with us.