"Advent" means "coming" and coming is something that happens from the future. At this time of year I remind myself that my whole life is lived in expectation of something that is coming, and that does not merely mean December 25.
With the rise of China's Communist Party from the late 1940s, the practice of religion was prohibited with punishments severe in the extreme. Since a relaxation in the 1980s, religions have made a comeback, especially in the major cities such as Beijing. Pictures by Steve Finch.