Advent is an in-between time of year, between what was and what is to be, about what has already happened and what has yet to occur. It’s a time of anticipation, of expectancy. To live the Christian journey with expectancy at a most basic level is to be a resident of two worlds. We live fully in the here and now, with all the joys and sorrows, victories and setbacks of incarnate life. We live with anticipation in the life to come, having entered into the near end of the eternal journey through the waters of baptism and belief, faith, and practice. We are in between the coming of Christ and his coming again, living the “now” with hopeful expectancy that empowers us and sustains us.