Advent is a period of waiting that is built into many church calendars for the purpose of focusing attention on the birth of Christ. In sermons, carols, and songs, Christians are reminded of why Jesus came into the world, echoing Zechariah’s song:
And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, for you shall go before the Lord to prepare the way, to give God’s people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins. In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace. (Luke 1:68-79)
Our world is anything but peaceful.