I’ve been reading an Advent devotional this season called “Night Visions” by Jan Richardson.  The first three weeks have been pensive.  It’s been fitting for my frame of mind this season.  This week of Christmas is a week of hope and I’m ready for it!  But, not the “bursting forth in ultimate triumph” kind.  More of the “tiny seed of the beginnings of hope” kind.

This morning, I read in the devotional, “A seed in the ground. A flame in the darkness. A hand outstretched. A child in the womb. Hope starts small and overtakes us, stretching the borders of what we have known.”

As we ease into the Christmas week, I’m thankful for the power of small beginnings of hope – a “yes”, a smile, a friendly touch of a hand.