I know how much hope you hold in your heart:
For yourself and for those you love.
For your neighbors and for our world.
Hope for health,
For a return to the glorious normal of our lives.
These hopes are good and holy
And also not the reality in which we live.
And maybe not ever—in this life.
So under all of the good you hope for,
I pray you are grounded in the Good you hope in.
May you feel the solid ground of God beneath your feet
And root your true hope
Your healing hope,
Your life-giving hope,
Not in what you think humans might be able to accomplish,
But in who you know your God to be:
All-loving incarnate One,
Ever-present Guide and Shelter.
This is our Advent hope.
May you know it.
Cling to it.