One of the ways we understand our Christian identity is through the lens of “already and not yet.” We have been completely forgiven but still wait for the day when we will no longer sin. We are God’s holy people, but are becoming sanctified while we long for complete redemption. Christ has reconciled us to God but we often feel his absence more than his presence. The kingdom has come, our King is currently reigning over all, but under his reign evil continues. He has even conquered death, but our bodies continue to wither and we grieve the loss of loved ones. During Advent we assume the posture of waiting on a planet rife with conflict and in aging, aching and sinful bodies, again learning to place our hopes entirely on the grace that will be revealed to us.