Today was the first Sunday in advent - the first day of the new church year, and it felt indeed like a new beginning. I always love advent, and particularly, lighting the candle for hope, as we did today. As the hymn we sang today goes "hope is a star". As Karen said in her sermon - hope is the beginning from which love, peace, and joy, can grow. It all begins with hope. This reminds me of a quote I like: "He that lives in hope danceth without music." - George Herbert. As the song goes, I hope you dance.