Looking Forward is what Christians like to do during Advent.  We get caught up in the anticipation of the ‘Good News of Great Joy which will be to All People!’  Advent is also a time of looking back- remembering whose we are and why we know this.  The word “Advent” comes from a Latin word that means “to come.”  It is the season to look back to the coming of Christ as an infant born in a stable in Bethlehem, and look forward to Christ’s coming again.  The Advent season is a strange and wonderful time…  I think Frederick Buechner captures the feeling of Advent best:

“In the silence of a midwinter dusk there is off in the deep of it somewhere a sound so faint that for all you can tell it may be only the sound of silence itself.  You hold your breath to listen.  You are aware of the beating of your own heart.  Advent is the name of that moment.  For all its madness and lostness, not to mention your own, you can hear the world itself holding its breath.” (from Whistling in the Dark)

Stop and Listen!  Joy to the World! The Lord is Come!