400 years of silence. A people, His People, subject to Roman rule. Hope of salvation seemed so far away.

The People of God waited in the darkness.

During the season of Advent, we often get caught up in the coming of Christ. He is on the way. While this part is incredibly exciting, we forget that this was a dark and difficult time for His People. There was pain, hurt, feelings of abandonment. The people had not heard from God in 400 years.  Life was very much not good. Darkness surrounded the People of God.

They waited, trusting and hoping.

They prayed, never ceasing.

Where was this savior the prophets had foretold?

This past week, in Birmingham, a boy was the victim of an attempted kidnapping. Four girls were out running on a trail when they were robbed at gunpoint. Last night, I woke up to an Amber Alert. A girl was kidnapped from her home by her father. In the news this morning, a family’s home was broken into and Christmas presents were stolen.

We still wait on the return of our Savior.

We wait for Christ and His Presence to show up in our lives, community, and world.

This Advent season, wait in anticipation, trusting Christ to show Himself in the most beautiful of ways. Hope is just around the corner.