Soon we shall see our hopes realized:
We have burned some of our Advent candles to nubs, but the season of Advent ends just in time:
The manger is empty, but not for long:
Oh, God, we weep in our chains. So many things hold us captived in our devastations, the ruins of our cities. Fill our hearts with courage. Remind us of the promise of redemption. Come to ransom us from all the things which hold us in fear. Set us free.