One of the most important questions we can ask is this: is history fundamentally "open" or "closed?" That is, do our individual and corporate choices and actions actually matter, or are they an illusion because all that is is simply physical matter, or, possibly we're too small and therefore whatever we do doesn't "matter." Whatever the case might be the texts that confront us in Advent say a strong "no" to "fate" and a very strong "yes" to personal freedom to craft a positive future in light of God's offer to partner with us. God is coming! This Advent "come to God!"