2017 12 03: Hope in the Bottom of the Night

“You have made us for yourself, O God,” St. Augustine wrote, “and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.”  Today marks the first Sunday of Advent, the beginning of the Christian year, and the texts we will hear and prayers we will pray from now until Christmas are meant to stir up the restlessness that is in all our hearts, the longing, the discontent, to stir up the dying embers of our yearning and train us to set our hope upon the only ultimate hope we have: the God who will not let us rest satisfied with anything less than Him, the God who set in our hearts a longing for his kingdom to one day come.