The community of Saint Patrick’s sends our prayers to those affected by fires in Tennessee and Kentucky, while searching for signs of hope and life in the darkest, burned up, stumps of our lives. For out of stumps and dead roots, new life shoots up. Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19. The Rev. Amanda Musterman on Advent 2A.