Waiting for Hope
In the great classic Christmas movie (and my personal favorite), National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, there is a great scene right at the peak of the film, where middle class family man, Clark Griswold, played by Chevy Chase, is triumphantly at the center of attention from his family and all of his guests, waiting to peak inside this little white envelope that had just been delivered by a courier on Christmas Eve. You see, Clark had been having his own Advent - his own season of waiting for and anticipating expectantly his annual bonus, and with a big smile and bursting heart, he announces to his family that he has already put in a down payment for a brand new pool in his family’s backyard. Everyone cheers. And Clark opens up the envelope to celebrate his bonus - and as he reads it, his joy turns to disbelief, announcing - “It’s a complimentary subscription to the jelly of the month club.” In the stunned silence of that moment, Clark’s crazy cousin, Eddie, chimes in - “Why, Clark, that’s the gift that keeps on giving the whole year.”
Welcome to Advent - a season of waiting in hushed expectation, not for a complimentary subscription to the jelly of the month club, but for the coming of the Christ child.
Advent is kind of like our Christian bus stop for Christmas - we are plunged into some cold and darkness, shivering our hineys off, as we wait for that hopeful flurry of light that signals an approaching change in our lives and in our world.
But let’s be real - waiting is not easy.