“What is coming upon the world is the Light of the World. It is Christ. That is the comfort of it. The challenge of it is that it has not come yet. Only the hope for it has come, only the longing for it. In the meantime we are in the dark, and the dark, God knows, is also in us. We watch and wait for a holiness to heal us and hallow us, to liberate us from the dark. Advent is like the hush in a theater just before the curtain rises. It is like the hazy ring around the winter moon that means the coming of snow which will turn the night to silver. Soon. But for the time being, our time, darkness is where we are.” – Frederick Buechner, The Hungering Dark
Darkness and waiting. Two of the things that we least want, or like, to do. But that is what Advent calls us to do. We wait and watch for God to make us whole and free us from the darkness of our lives and our world, but that comes in the Christmas season.
For now, at the beginning of Advent, we wait and we wait in the dark. The dark becomes our teacher for this season. We wait for the sun to come up, for the candle to be lit, for the orchestra or band to start their concert, or for the first hint of coffee to flutter through our nostrils while it is still dark.
Can we be okay in the dark? Can we wait without jumping ahead to get us out of the dark? Can we learn how to be still for a couple of weeks?