Friends, it is once again time for us to step back and become silent. And really, isn’t that what the world needs right now? More silence. More peace. More prayer. So for the next four weeks you will not see us in your inbox or your social media feeds. It is the season of Advent and we are turning our hearts toward home. This intentional quieting of the soul feels more important to us this year than it ever has before. The world is a scary place right now and so much seems to be going wrong and it is so easy to be afraid. But the waiting of Advent is good for the weary heart. And we are reminded that the world wasn’t so different two thousand years ago, on that first Christmas morning when love was born in the middle of a world filled with fear. We pray that in the coming days your hearts will be held together by hope and light and the scarlet threads of the greatest story ever told.