Fullness of time

God's time and ours

We live between Christ’s first and second advent, in what W. H. Auden called “for the time being,” which can be “the hardest time of all.” Everything has been changed by Christ’s coming, and yet to most people’s eyes, and often to Christian eyes as well, everything seems to remain the same. In Christ, the redemption of the world is under way, yet that redemption remains in large part hidden, still awaiting the final consummation.

Two articles in this issue take up the challenge of faithful living in “the time being.” Mary T. Stimming and Cornelius Plantinga Jr. ponder some of the Advent challenges of waiting with hope in God amid the temptations of despair or complacency.


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