Expectant waiting and passionate longing are dominant themes in Advent
We wait and long for the coming Christmas Event.
We wait and long for the coming of the Kingdom, and for the Final Coming.
We wait and long for Christ to be born in us.
The Bach Cantata BWV 140 expresses this beauifully: ‘Wann kömst Du ?’- ‘Ja, ich komme!’
In ‘Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme’, performed by the Netherlands Bach Society for All of Bach, everything revolves around the parable of the wise and foolish virgins. They wait throughout the night with burning lamps for the arrival of the bridegroom. Five of them have brought along extra oil to keep their lamp burning. The others run out of oil and go off to buy some more. The bridegroom arrives while they are away.