By Susan Ceely Philips
Advent’s wreath is a symbol
of the Alpha and Omega of Life.
The circle never ends, but moves on
through our joy and through our strife.
The days begin in ignorance
of the dramatic change that’s to come,
With clues unfolding gradually
as to which of “God’s Will” will be done.
Angels appear in visions
to assign roles to the primary players
And, with each passing day, we come to see
a story revealed in layers.
One ‘event’ leads to another,
but all are intertwined,
Carrying us on to a climax
that begins the growth of the vine.
It’s the end of the world as we’ve known it,
But we’ve also begun anew.
The Alpha and Omega roll along
in the form of a wreath that’s imbued
With the grace and comfort and Hosannah!
that Advent seeks to portend,
Carrying us forward and surrounding us
like the arms of a compassionate friend.