Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us. Advent begins in the dark, at the bottom of the night. Advent is the word of the Lord going out to the prison camps and the broken places of this world, to the oppressed, to the brokenhearted, to the captives, to the prisoners, to bring them good news. We began this season with the Great Litany, when we processed around the church and prayed that the Good Lord would deliver us from our sins and the powers of darkness, and now here halfway through the season at midnight, the light starts to break in. The word of the Lord comes to find us in the prison camp waiting for death, and proclaims liberty and release, comfort and joy.