Sometimes it’s the journey, not the destination.

As we enter the fourth and final week of Advent, it’s a helpful reminder that this season is a journey. A journey of faith, a journey of discernment, and a journey of discovery.

We journey with the people of Israel waiting on the promised coming of the Messiah, to imagine what it must have been like for those who looked forward in expectant waiting to when those prophecies would come true.

We journey with John the Baptist, who called out in the wilderness to prepare the way of the Lord.

We journey with Mary and Joseph as they found no room at the inn and searched for a place for her to give birth.

We journey with the shepherds and the wise men as they are called to arrive at this place where something that would change the entire history of the world would happen.

We journey forward to look ahead in hope to the promised return of the Messiah and the reign of Christ that will last for all eternity.

It may be easy to lose sight of the big picture, but through the Advent season, we join together with all peoples of all places and all times who call upon the name of the Lord. Because together we all share that common journey of life and faith together.