Israel awaited the advent—the coming—of an anointed one, and Christians believe that this waiting was fulfilled in Jesus of Nazareth. These days, the season of Advent is an annual tradition, as much tied to the pomp and pandemonium of Christmas as decked halls and impulsive purchases. But as old and familiar as Advent may seem, its purpose is nothing of the sort. Advent is an annual reminder that God is doing a new thing in us and in the world. Advent is a season to ready ourselves for the surprise of our lives.