We Wait In Hopeful Anticipation
Reflection by: Ani G.
Come, O Lord,
to set us free.
I’ve been on this earth for a few years now, and I honestly have yet to meet a person who doesn’t like Christmas. Children anxiously await the presents, adults might treasure the time spent with family, and some college kids (you know who you are) blast the Christmas carols immediately after Halloween in hopes that it might make it come sooner. (Not quite, y’all.)
But in all the excitement and happiness surrounding the Christmas season, we totally forget what the ultimate point of the holiday is; not the catchy songs or the mountains of presents, but the King of Kings who humbled himself to be born to us. For our Savior to come to us, we have to prepare our hearts and await his coming. This is the point of Advent.
The liturgical season of Advent is all about waiting. There is no rushing Advent, no secret methods that can burn through those four candles any faster than needed. And I think that’s good for us, because we – as humans, as Americans, and especially as college students – have totally and completely forgotten how to wait.
In this day and age, no one wants to wait for anything. Entertainment is on demand, photos are uploaded instantly, and if we can’t get it quickly, we don’t want it at all. I mean, think about it. When was the last time you groaned when you saw a long line in the caf, or at Chick-fil-A? Did you unconsciously weigh what you would be getting in your mind against the line, deciding whether it was worth the ten-minute wait? This is the time of instant gratification, and it applies to just about everything around us.
Waiting through these days of Advent, then, is both challenging and beneficial for us. Challenging for obvious reasons: no one likes to wait. But there’s a particular reason for this waiting. Though I still don’t like it, the old adage rings true: “patience is a virtue”, a really important virtue that we sometimes lack. And Advent, our season of waiting, is beneficial by allowing that virtue to flourish within us.
Waiting cultivates a sense of patience in us. Waiting makes us realize that there are still some things beyond our control, things that are entirely God’s and run on His time. Waiting builds our anticipation for whatever it is we’re waiting for, which in this case is the most wonderful thing of all: Christ our Lord. And when we realize the purpose of this waiting, how can we not be filled with joy and hope?
Shall come to thee,
Ani G. is Freshman, International Relations major and a member of the Chapel Choir.