What always comes to my mind are the lyrics to Carly Simon’s 1971 song, Anticipation.
We can never know about the days to come
But we think about them anyway
And I wonder if I’m really with you now
Or just chasin’ after some finer day
Anticipation is makin’ me late
Is keepin’ me waitin’
To anticipate something is to be expectant of that thing, occasion, gift, or person. To anticipate is to also have hope that something wonderful is coming. Sometimes, anticipation ends in disappointment because we build up the coming event to be something greater than it could ever be. During this Advent season, like so many other Advents, we anticipate many things – hopes, dreams, and a better way. As Christians we anticipate celebrating Christmas – the birthday of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and all that is promised in the Second Coming.
2020 has no doubt been a year of anticipating – What it will be like when the pandemic restrictions are lifted and we can touch, hug and kiss our loved ones again? What will it be like once the corona virus vaccine is made available to all, the kids are back in school, we’re back to work and things return to “normal”? What will it be like when 2020 is finally over? We don’t need to anticipate Christ. We trust in God’s promise – that God is with us already and remains in us, in our lateness, and in our waiting with anticipation.
What can we be doing while waiting, with emotions percolating through our hearts and minds? Pray. Retreating with God through prayer helps us listen for and attend to God’s voice, if only for a few moments. God urges us to be still in this Season of Advent in the midst of our anxieties and fears. God urges us to delight in anticipation of the gift of Jesus Christ.
Blog by Associates Michelle Castle, Jaime Berry and Bev Orazen