Today begins the season of Advent. It is the season that begins the liturgical church year and in the northern hemisphere it coincides with a shortening of days until we reach the winter solstice that happens a few days before our celebration of Christmas.
Advent takes us through a season of darkening days, of decreasing temperatures and invites us into an intentional period of introspection, reflection, anticipation, of waiting and preparing.
In today’s passage, Habakkuk cries out, “How Long Oh Lord?”
As we enter into the season of waiting, may we hear the lament of those around us that are waiting for God’s answer in their lives. May we know that God is present with us in our own waiting and lamenting.
Prayer: God of all beginnings and fresh starts bring your hope into our lives today. Amen.