We need to be thankful for the people in our lives who though, not perfect, are faithful in their walk in the Lord, and to us. We all have our flaws and blind areas. But I think of the few in my life that I can really look up to as brothers and sisters who love me enough in the Lord to hold me to God's truth in life.
Advent is marked along the way by those who from God did not settle for just getting through or surviving. There are remarkable examples of this during the Intertestamental Period- (and I suggest that we Protestants who call these books Apocryphal, rather than Deuterocanonical, dig into these books a little for ourselves, to find the value that is there) of men and women who in faith acted during that time. There are two great examples for us who before their passing were able to see the Promise for themselves: Anna and Simeon- and let's not forget Joseph and Mary themselves.
Advent is for everyone, for those of us weak and struggling in our faith, even for those with no faith- but Advent is God's great and good answer to the faith of those who won't let go of God's promises, and persist to see them fulfilled, in whatever way that may come. There is that human side, even though we know underlying it all is God's grace, without which there would be no remnant of believers or faith in the world left.
This is not in or of ourselves, this faithfulness, but it's in the One who became flesh for us. As we embrace him in faith, we will find that he is the faithful one who will help us to become characterized as truly more and more faithful in his way in this life. And this being true even though we will fail along the way.
We long for this, don't we.
I'm reminded now of the great carol: "O Come All Ye Faithful." What are you reminded of?