Advent is meant to inspire waiting - active waiting.
The word Advent means ‘coming’ or ‘arrival’. In ancient times, Israel actively
anticipated the arrival of a King who would free them of oppressive injustice. They
awaited a Messiah who would heal their wounds inherited by the sins of their fathers
and satisfy the longing of their souls. Likewise, we too await the coming of a King,
someone to liberate us from same injustice and brokenness that we have inherited,
and which we have inflicted upon ourselves, and others. The focus of Advent is
anticipation and celebration; we celebrate the King who came in His first Advent,
and anticipate the King who has promised to come again in His second Advent.
The name Emmanuel means ‘God with us’. We celebrate the God who became
man; a God that dwelt with sinful, broken humanity. But it’s the second Advent that
we await. And not just any kind of waiting - it’s active waiting. It’s the kind of waiting
marked by working, where our hearts, our hands, and our homes become instruments
of hope and healing; a waiting where we learn to love God with all of our heart
soul, and resources, and where we learn to love our neighbors as ourselves; where
our community is shaped into a new society, and begins to reflect the ethics of a
kingdom that both has and is yet to arrive.
Below is a guide that we hope will help guide you as you actively await the second Advent. O Come Emmanuel!