Advent Day 1: Setting Off

This journey
is one we’ve taken so many times before,
a route worn thin
by our scuffing feet.

And this journey
is also one we’ve never undertaken before,
a route unknown
to our wandering hearts.

Familiar and mysterious,
comforting as a favorite friend
and
frightening as the deepest dark;
Advent comes
and beckons us
(requires us)
to set off
on this habitual,
this uncharted
path.

We will be changed along the way,
whether we mean to or not.
We will be changed
for better (we hope) or worse.
We will be changed
because the Arrival we await
the Arrival we strive toward
the Arrival we dream of
changes
everything.

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