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While I know that Advent is the season of preparation, of waiting: for Christmas, for the “coming of the Lord,” I’ve never encountered so many iterations of the same question to those whose are doing the waiting. My assumption always was that everyone knew the answer to the question, What are you waiting for? but this year people seem to asking for much more specificity in their seeking. This morning, in a great posting from Emmanuel Monastery sent to me by a friend, I read the following expansion with leading questions:

  1. “What am I waiting for this Advent?” How will you recognize its coming?
  2. We pray, “come in your power.” What would that look like for you?
  3. We pray, “come in your weakness.” What would that look like for you?

The author invites us to go deeper in our pondering. Are you willing to consider both power and weakness in light of the Incarnation of Christ into the world?