“Listen to my words, LORD, consider my lament.
Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.
In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly” – Psalm 5:1-3
Tables are dressed and ready for guests, the smell of cinnamon and baked goodies fill the air. The seasons really coincides nicely with the Advent and Christmastide season—a time of expectancy and anticipation, a time for community, a time of thankfulness and of taking stock. As a community we will remember the birth of Christ and proclaim the mysteries of our faith: Christ has come, Christ is here, Christ will come again. As individuals we will undertake the end of year spiritual work of unearthing our true needs and presenting them with hope before God—and then we will wait.
Advent reminds us that hope and waiting are conversant with one another and formative for the believer. It demands that we sit in expectation for an extended moment. Indeed Advent is a time for sitting with—sitting with expectancy, sitting with patience, sitting with hope in God’s timely response. When we sit in hopeful anticipation we are able to stand in awe of the steadfast love and presence of God even as seasonal demands swirl around us.
Ryan Hawthorn in the Youth Missioner for St. Stephens. She started working in August and works in youth ministry and serves as director of the Haven Center After School Program. She lives with her young daughter, Noelle, who attends St. Stephen’s Episcopal School.