"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


qotd: hope

"O come, Desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind;
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,
And be Thyself our King of Peace."

The quote of the day returns, with an emphasis on Christmas-related thoughts and lyrics for the season. Today's qotd marks the first Sunday of Advent: Hope. My pastor's sermon today was about hope, somber joy, and expectation. In getting there, he talked about fundamentalist revival meetings, Wallace Stegner's Crossing to Safety, and the feeling of being in a deer blind at 5 a.m. on a winter morning. There are many reasons I love my church; that our pastor preaches sermons that are literate, honest, and evocative of another place is just one of the resasons why.


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