Advent is an in-between time of year. It’s not just between Thanksgiving and Christmas, though that’s when it occurs. Advent is all about what was and what is to be, about what has already happened and what has yet to occur. It’s a time of anticipation, of expectancy. To live the Christian journey with expectancy at a most basic level is to be a resident of two worlds. We live fully in the here and now, with all the joys and sorrows, victories and setbacks of incarnate life. We love, laugh, get tired, make mistakes, hurt, rejoice and grieve in the journey through this wonderful creation and re-creation given us by God. And we live in anticipation in the life to come, having entered into the near end of the eternal waters of baptism and belief, faith, and practice. Were in between the coming of Christ and His coming again, living the “now” with hopeful expectancy that empowers us and sustains us.