The season of Advent has arrived! This first week our focus  was on the hope that Christ's birth brought to the world. Hope is something we are both intended to carry within us and to give away to others. In spite of troubles and trials, hope is ours to claim and use. Advent is a time to let our expections rise that we will increasingly see His Kingdom in our midst as the day of Christ's return draws nearer. (Isaiah 9:2-3; 6-7; Proverbs 14:10; 1 Corinthians 13:7; Matthew 4:23-24; Romans 14:17).