In this first week of Advent, we discuss the waiting and hoping that often accompanies this time of the year. What are you waiting for? A simple question with not-so-simple answers. While we may wait and hope for gifts, the changing of the seasons, and time with friends and family, we often wait for other things that go unexpressed: the healing of a broken life, a restored marriage, a reestablished relationship with a son or daughter, a lessening of the pain of a loved one who has died. Psalm 62 opens this way, “For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.” Certainly, this is a hope that will not be disappointed as we set our sights for Christmas morning when we celebrate the birth of Jesus—“the one who saves” (Matt 1:21)—God in human flesh. With the coming of God in human form, we are reminded that anything is possible, that God cares deeply about us, and that salvation is right around the corner. Hope.