The Word Among Us

Advent 2021 Issue

Lift Up Your Heads!

Advent Is a Time of Hope

Lift Up Your Heads!: Advent Is a Time of Hope

Liz took a deep breath as she tightened her grip on her husband’s hands. She was in active labor now, and the contractions were becoming more and more painful. It was agonizing to go through so much pain, but Liz knew there was a light at the end of the tunnel: soon she would be holding her first child in her arms. So even as she dreaded every contraction, a sense of hope sustained her.

In his Letter to the Romans, St. Paul used the image of a woman in labor to describe the hope that is central to the season of Advent:...


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