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An Advent Hymn

November 23, 2011
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Signs of endings all around us –
darkness, death, and winter days-
shroud our lives in fear and sadness,
numbing mouths that long to praise.
Come, O Christ, and dwell among us!
Hear our cries, come set us free.
Give us hope, and faith, and gladness.
Show us what there yet can be.

Can it be that from our endings,
new beginnings you create?
Life from death, and from our rendings,
realms of wholeness generate?
Take our fears, then, Lord,
and turn them into hopes for life anew:
Fading light and dying season
sing their Glorias to you.

Speak, O God, your word among us.
Barren lives your presence fill.
Swell our hearts with songs of gladness,
terrors calm forebodings still.
Let your promised realm of justice
blossom now throughout the earth;
your dominion bring now near us;
we await the saving birth.

~Words by Dean W. Nelson

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mike Fox permalink
    November 23, 2011 5:11 pm

    Did you write that, Fr. Ryan?

    • November 23, 2011 10:03 pm

      I wish…I’ll have to look and see who wrote it (and I should give attribution anyway), but it will feature prominently in my Advent I and Advent II sermons.

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