Advent, we tell ourselves, is a journey.
Advent, we remind oursleves, shares its etymology with 'adventure', something we tend to think of as exciting and daring.
Advent, the scholars tell us is a word that means 'coming'
All of these are true... it is an exiciting and daring journey of hearts and minds as we seek the one who has come, who is coming, and who will come.
And so it is a season characterised by hope.
Not hope as wishful thinking, that 'it would be really nice if...'
Not hope as 'if only...'
But hope as chosen trust in the promises of God that will see all creation renewed.
Hope Street, then, a road that we follow on our way to Bethlehem.
Will you join the journey?