The Advent story draws to its climax in the stories of two pregnancies. Both Elizabeth and Mary find themselves somewhat inconceivably awaiting the birth of their children, both announced by angel messenger.

There is no analogy more apt for advent than a pregnancy. The initial excitement, the waiting, the expectation and then more waiting, unbearable waiting. 

Then the birth. Of something new. Something pure. Something eagerly anticipated, then held. This was the task given to Mary and Elizabeth. And it is also the task of the advent people. 

We, like Mary, are pregnant with Christ. We carry Jesus and his spirit within us and it is our holy task to bring this forth into the world.  

There, at times, will be anticipation. There will be waiting, sometimes unbearable waiting. And at times, there will be new life. This is culmination of the advent people. Carrying  and developing a spirit, and when God determines, bringing about new life in Christ.

VERSE:  John 14:20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.

Prayer: O God of great expectations, we wait upon you and with you and in you. We will carry your spirit within us and pray for you to use us to bring about new life in you as the light continues to illuminate the darkness.