The lengthy list of names at the beginning of Matthew's account of Jesus' birth contains a message of hope.
The joy that comes to us in Advent is more than an emotion. It can become our default setting.
Advent begins a journey toward real and everlasting hope.
There is no evidence that Mary or anyone else ever called Jesus "Immanuel." So, what is the significance of that name as recorded by Matthew?
Advent Joy doesn't come in a box or from anything else in this world. It is joy to the world.
Advent dares to speak of joy even in times like these. It is a defiant, never-the-less joy.
Sam Hawkins and friends spoke about peace on the second Sunday of Advent.