The days get shorter and colder as Winter comes. Nature goes dormant and waits for the sun’s return. Winter is hard on us because we are part of nature and also seek the light’s return. But unlike the rest of nature, we seek something more. Our souls yearn for the light of reason, meaning, and love. We seek a transcendent truth that is timeless and not subject to the ravages of darkness or death. This is how we are made.
It is Advent again. The outer cold and darkness sometimes reflect an inner cold and darkness that can befall us. But there is hope. Just as the natural world always sees a return of the light, we will also see such a return after a time of personal darkness. So we wait and watch and hope as best we can. Advent is a time to watch and wait like sentinels for the dawn. Light always returns, but the night can become very long.
For Christians, Advent is the time of watching and waiting for God’s arrival in time, to help us in our desperate need. The nativity of God made flesh is not a distant and historical one-time event, it is a personal and on-going event in each life. The fulfillment of every human life is the birth of God’s presence deep within, if it is recognized and allowed. This is what we are waiting for, whether we know it or not. Most often we wait for the wrong things. Among the numerous things we spend our lives waiting for, this one is truly something worth waiting for.
For seekers and believers, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. For the self-satisfied and non-believers, there is a tunnel at the end of the light.