Advent is a season of anticipation, of expecting, of waiting for birth. My first response to the noun expectancy points to waiting in anticipation of important creation and change. I am reminded of my pregnancies – the anxious wondering of confirmation followed by wonder, amazement, and yearning for birth, then holding my sons to my heart.
Then, my grandchildren have been welcomed with joy in planning, preparing, making room! For each of our granddaughters, I have begun writing a letter as soon as I heard the announcement of their conception. I write that letter during our time waiting for them and give it to their parents when they are born to be kept until they are ready to keep it themselves. I am journaling right now to the girl child who will come into our arms in the Spring. She is already in my heart.
Advent is like that journal for me – an expression of unconditional love and longing, a looking forward to the promise of a coming that will forever change our lives.