I remember when we got our very first microwave.  What an exciting time in our house.  We didn’t have to wait for things to cook because a microwave took so much less time and energy.  It began a revolution in our household because from then on we would try every new time saving gadget that came out. One of the side effects was we became less patient because we didn’t have to wait. 

That attitude has spilled over into our culture.  We all want things to happen right here, right now, on demand at our fingertips, because technological advances have made it possible for so much to happened so quickly.  We even think of time in nano-seconds.  In this high pressure, right here – right now world people have to be reminded to slow down. Even Ferris Bueller said “Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around once in a while you could miss it.”

Advent is our reminder to slow down; to stop and take a look around. When we do slow down we will see the beautiful things that we might have otherwise missed, and we will see the sad, lonely hopeless, people who could use a little help that we might be able to give.  That almost, but not yet time of Advent is there for us to use not only to our advantage, but to the advantage of the entire Kingdom of God, if we are willing slow down long enough to stop and look around.