We want to make Advent a journey toward joy. Help us to remember, this time is not a static celebration of doing things because the calendar has turned the page to the designated month for parties and decorations. Forgive us for being controlled by schedules of our own well-planned design. We are part of a movement, an action, an embrace of something larger than our best traditions can ever hope to contain; the Kingdom of God. May we embrace the unexpected, unplanned, and unknown at the heart of Gabriel’s message to Mary, “Do Not Be Afraid”. May we join the Advent movement with joy, may our hearts be filled with hope, and may our ears listen with expectation to each person we encounter along the Advent path.