Many assume that Advent and Christmas are the same thing - but you know better. Christmas is the story of Christ’s birth. Advent is the story of waiting. When we talk about Christmas, our hearts and minds turn to an angelic choir, a guiding star, a manger and magi - all part of a specific event. Christ is born! But when we talk about Advent, we have to expand our attention to the months, years and centuries of waiting for that event. Christmas proclaims God is with us. Advent whispers that God is coming. It’s easy for us to rush over Advent and celebrate Christmas. We’re prone to jump over the waiting and embrace the good news. But, our rush robs us of the wisdom and riches found in waiting. Advent has something to give.