Advent is another season of “newness,” the beginning of the liturgical year. It’s also a season of anticipation, recalling the anticipation of Israel for their Messiah, and looking ahead in anticipation to the Messiah’s return and final “making all things new” (Rev. 21:5). That anticipation is a chord of two notes sung in harmony: repentance and hope. As we await the coming of the King, we prepare our hearts for his arrival through repentance—turning away from sin, and turning toward God. But we also wait in hope because of the certainty of God’s promise: Jesus will return to set all things right and reign as King forever. Advent reminds us that we are called to repentance and hope at all times, not only during these 4 weeks.