Soak us in hope, oh God, so that we may be so dissatisfied with the world as it is that we cannot help but be thoroughly present now. Let our hope dwell within our present so that with Mary we can say, "the Mighty One has done great things for me--holy is his name." Let our hope for the future be our source for true and active presence in the here and now. This is our prayer this Advent season as we anticipate the invasion of your real yet transformational presence among us. It is in the name of your ever present and ever hopeful Son, Christ the Lord, we pray. Amen.