“Advent is not for the faint of heart,” writes Fleming Rutledge. And she’s right. Advent is not just “pre-Christmas” but is a call for us to look at the very reasons why we need Christmas in the first place, and to set our hearts longing for Jesus to return. In our series ‘With Us While We Wait,’ we are exploring how Advent calls us to watch, wait, witness and wonder. This week, we start by looking at Jesus’ own promise of his coming in Mark 13 – and see how we need to be active in our “watching.”