Sunday December 3rd marks the beginning of the Advent season.  I have been reminded in a number of ways that this season is essentially about hope.  J.R. Woodward put some great words to this on his blog; “Hope is a wish for life to be better than it is, the imagination to look beyond the bad to the good that can be, and the faith to believe that the good you imagine and wish for is actually possible.”  This is what Jesus is about, bringing justice, life, and hope.  Advent is a season of hoping in the one who will eventually make things right.