This poem, with its theme of ‘hope deferred’ puts me in mind of St Augustine’s famous saying: “You have made us for yourself, O God, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” It is a mistake to think that we can ever find in this life complete satisfaction for our desire for God. Advent brings to the fore both the sense of desire and longing, and also the sense of hope deferred, of the ‘not yet’ of God’s kingdom. We may catch glimpses of the fulfillment of our desire, but we cannot experience the fullness of it. Not yet.
This year for #AdventBookClub a group of us are reading “In The Bleak Midwinter” by Rachel Mann. Join us on Facebook or Twitter for daily reflections and discussions. We are also raising money for the Trussell Trust: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/adventbookclub2019.