The season of Advent initiates two waiting periods: first, waiting for the coming of our Lord and Savior with the people surrounding the first Nativity. Our liturgical colors are blue to remind us of the hope in waiting, the assurance of hope that God will meet us in Emmanuel. The second part of waiting is less tangible: we still wait for our Lord to come again. The second coming is a very important part of Advent because surely as Jesus came so long ago, he will come again. Our expectant hope for a Lord who was, who is, and who is to come guide our daily prayers and faith filled actions. O Come, O Come Emmanuel . . . is a sung prayer for what was, what we needed daily, and what is to come. Thank you, God, for your saving love and promises!