This is the Season of Advent, often called the Season of Hope. The word “advent” means “coming” or “arrival.” In this case, it heralds the birth of Jesus at Christmas (which is the First Advent, the Second Advent being the eventual return of Christ). During this time, there is renewed hope for permanent, lasting joy and deliverance from suffering, as promised by God. We see glints of gold and silver everywhere, reflecting, projecting and magnifying light. Glimmers. Hope. Light at the end of the tunnel.
Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be. -Shel Silverstein
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12 NIV
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
-Edgar Allan Poe, A Dream within a Dream
I’m talking about something more substantial…Hope in the face of difficulty. Hope in the face of uncertainty. The audacity of hope! -Barack Obama
Hope is a waking dream. -Aristotle