Read this wonderful little post: Advent: Finding Joy in Waiting
This week of advent is focused on peace (and preparation) -- this author makes the wonderful point that PEACE isn't not having troubles, but knowing God's presence during those trials. So while we wait for the Lord's return, we will know trials and we will wait, but during the waiting, we are granted HIS PRESENCE.
From the article:
"Advent also reminds us that though waiting is done on our end, the appearing is His part. Many of us are waiting on God in different areas of our lives. Advent reminds us that He has a history of appearing. Yes, He appeared in Bethlehem more than 2,000 years ago, but He also appeared in your life and mine when we were in need.....He has come, and He is here… with you… with me. And no matter what we are waiting on — employment, healing, direction, money, a spouse, or your first child — He will surely come and deliver the need. He will advent. In the meantime, we wait in peace, because peace isn’t the absence of trouble, but rather the presence of God. We wait in faith. We wait in joyful expectation of Him."