Vange Thiessen led us through four themes for Advent. The first was “waiting for Christmas.” Waiting is common in our lives – we don’t like to do it, but we have to nonetheless. We have experience waiting in many forms – waiting for a job, a marriage, the death of a loved one. God calls us to wait as Mary did, in the company of others. The second theme is we are afraid. We are afraid to wait patiently, as it often leads to change. Kathleen Norris on the mystery of the message of the Annunciation, reflects on Mary’s example of the fear in the time of waiting for Jesus to be born. God calls us to open our heart, and wait. Third, people who are able to wait and watch, have hope. Active waiting, as Mary and Joseph did, directs us inward to our inner life, and to communion with God. The fourth theme gives hope – the outcome of waiting is peace. May we discover the God of waiting is also the God of peace.