Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. (Psalm 127:1)
Advent is not about trying to create or produce or build something, it is about waiting for God to reveal something. It is about resisting the urge to do and embracing the urge to be. It is a time where we wait for the Lord. We do not wait for the Lord to show up and do something, for he was never absent. He is always present (Psalm 139:7-12), always working (John 5:17), always speaking (Psalm 19:1-14). We wait for the Lord because he is already doing something and we just need to be able to see and to hear what that is.
Help us, O Lord, to live our lives always and only in response to you. Help us to do nothing, or initiate nothing, that you have not already begun. Give us the desire and the ability to join you in what you are doing. Show us where you are at work, O God, and let us join you in that, whatever that may look like. In the name of Jesus, the One who comes, we pray. Amen.
Be up and awake to what God is doing! (Romans 13:11, The Message)