Jesus told His followers that trials would follow them while they were on Earth. Advent is a time that accentuates the tension between expectation and disappointment, joy and pain. This Sunday we began to confront and feel the pain of living in a fallen world, all the while expecting to receive the comfort that comes from the God of all comfort (Isaiah 9:2-7; Matthew 4:13-17; Romans 14:17; John 16:33; Proverbs 4:23; 2 Corinthians 1:3-5).