Advent is a time of hope. Hope for something that is promised by God and anticipated, but not yet fully realized and present. During the rst Advent, as Mary became aware of the growing life within her, hope grew literally and guratively. God grew, unseen, yet present. Mary’s swelling pregnancy suggested that the hope was well-founded and that God would indeed come. Today, we wait with hope once more for God to be fully revealed in our lives, our communities, and our world. We hope for what we do not have, trusting that God’s promises will come to full term, and be born kicking and screaming into our darkness. This is precious and requires us to pay attention to the signs of hope around us.
The Reverend Jamison Galt