Celebrating Advent means being able to wait. Waiting is an art that our impatient age has forgotten. It wants to break open the ripe fruit when it has hardly finished planting the shoot. But . . . whoever does not know the austere blessedness of waiting—that is, of hopefully doing without—will never experience the full blessing of fulfillment. Those who do not know how it feels to struggle anxiously with the deepest questions of life, of their life, and to patiently look forward with anticipation until the truth is revealed, cannot even dream of the splendor of the moment in which clarity is illuminated.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer


  • Brian Boozier

    I find it curious that the word ‘adventure’ (advent-ure) is rooted in the concept of waiting. An anticipation of something happening. Of course its meaning has evolved over time and now means ‘an exciting or dangerous activity’ or something like that, which I think, ironically, sucks the life out of it. It’s rejuvenating to be reminded of the thrill of anticipation. But also the steadfast trust and patience it requires (especially in the case of Christmas…the coming of the Messiah). The best meals are the ones you have to wait for the chef to prepare… not the ones out of the microwave. Thanks for the good word from the original Hoff, Kent. 🙂

    • Kent Webber

      Thanks Brian. Wow, “The best meals are the ones you have to wait for the chef to prepare…not the ones out of the microwave.” Brilliant quote buddy. Waiting for a good meal to be prepared is also something one usually does with friends. I often wonder how much we’re missing out on because we refuse to wait. We’re think we’re doing nothing but gaining and procuring, but I think it is also true that we’re losing and missing out on a lot.

  • Kara

    Totally needed this. Thanks good sir.

    • Kent Webber

      Of course Kara. You can’t go wrong with Mr. Bonhoeffer. It was great seeing you yesterday, as it always is.