Teach us, O Lord, the disciplines of patience, for to wait is often harder than to work.
Advent is such an incredible time to focus on prayer. You can make or buy an Advent wreath and light the candles every night at the dinner table. You can say a brief prayer as you do so.
You could sit a while and meditate on the Nativity scene. One suggestion I saw said that you could even try a prayer nap and simply imagine you are resting in the arms of the Lord.
Advent teaches us God's timing is always better than ours. Too often one day looks like the next, everything starts to feel the same. Sometimes we’re exhausted, other times we’re overwhelmed with doubt. Sometimes we’re on top of the world and everything is going smoothly, other times we find ourselves standing in the midst of the wreckage wondering how it all went so wrong.
Advent is about the desire of that which is yet to come. That which isn’t here yet. And so we wait, expectantly. . Because all is not right. Something is missing. We open up. We soften up. We turn our hearts in the direction of Christmas Day.
May your season of waiting be filled with hopeful anticipation!
The first great gift we can bestow on others is a good example.