Two years ago, [my wife] Leah was very pregnant during Advent. Because of high blood pressure, she was on bed rest for most of it. So we waited. We waited for our daughter to come, and we waited for Christmas. We waited with Mary to greet face-to-face the One whom we invite into our lives every time we whisper a prayer.
Waiting, we learned, changes your relationship to time. You stop partitioning it into blocks, and you learn to receive it. Sometimes it stretches out like a desert you feel like you’ll never cross. Then, sometimes, a whole hour will pass and you realize you didn’t count the minutes. Somehow, you opened yourself to the present. You greeted time rather than marking it, and it stopped to have a cup of tea with you.
Friends, my prayer is that this Advent season is helping you to change your relationship with time, to learn to greet each moment as a friend — whether long-lost or familiar.
How you are using your time — now, in this season — is how you are spending your life. May it be well-spent, even in moments of expectation and waiting.
Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord!