Waiting and Watching

There is something to be said about waiting and watching. During this Advent season we are called to wait and watch for the coming of Christ. Today we have the old familiar story of John the Baptist who came to announce to others that they must wait and watch, for the messiah was coming.

Yet waiting and watching is not just about standing around. For as John the Baptist reminds us, it is also about a time of preparation, for he states, “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” So this time of waiting and watching is not just a passive time, but an active time as we seek to prepare for Christ to come.

“So as we wait and watch, how are we to prepare?” you might ask. Well, John’s story tells us that too, for we hear that he came “proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins”. When we repent, we turn back to God. And as we do, we are able to then stand before the one who loves us and find forgiveness for all the ways that we have fallen short and forgotten to remember the story. By turning to God, we are then able to raise our heads to the heavens and look for the star which will point us to our Savior, knowing that when he comes to us again, as we once heard in Mary’s song, “the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

Waiting and Watching