Advent focuses especially on the beginnings of Jesus' story. But that incarnation holds all the story before it and reaches to the end of all that follows. Paul works in Romans to unite across classes and thnic divides, to share God's promises, to live in a world solid with God's faithfulness, vibrant and clorful with hope, living with direction. The themes struck at Jesus' birth - joy, peace, and hope. As we trust the 'God of hope,' Jesus reality becomes our reality. Jesus life in God becomes our life in God.