Lo, in the silent night
A child to God is born
And all is brought again
That ere was lost or lorn.

Could but thy soul, O man,
Become a silent night!
God would be born in thee
And set all things aright.
--15th century song

Advent celebrates the coming of the hope of wrong being made right. The beginning of Christ's life is the beginning of the fulfillment. It is a hopeful sign to me that the actual fulfilment took place over time and within time. That's why the advent season is a process.

For most people, the process of the advent season goes something like this: Thanksgiving, Black Friday, weeks of shopping and parties, family events, dealing with the postal system, and, finally, a Christmas Eve candlelit service, which reminds us of the whole real story.

There are many calls to "remember the real reason for the season" within the church, some plaintive or demanding, some heartfelt and honest, but really after all, that's what the celebration of Advent is...a reminder to remember the beginning of our hope.


Beautiful post, Jana. :)