We commonly think of Advent in terms of anticipating Jesus’ birth, and so we should. But it may feel strange to “put on” a sense of longing for something already past. We recognize that this season prepares us for Jesus’ birth, yes; but it also points us to his second coming and final judgement. This, then, is a season of longing: a time to allow ourselves to feel the darkness of a world not yet set right; a time to reignite a holy discomfort with the present and wait on God.
The guide below is designed to situate us, individually, and communally, in this Advent season of holy anticipation, longing, and hope.