I found out this week that I have no idea what Advent is. 25 years in the Church, and I’ve never understood it. Until now.
My friend, T, called me this week with encouragement for what I’ve been processing recently. I’ve been overwhelmed with my lack of understanding of injustice and unbelief of God’s soveriegnty. T pointed out that this is exactly what we as Christians are supposed to be reflecting on right now. Thousands of Christians all over the world are waiting in anticipation and hope for the coming of Christ. Anguishing over the injustices in the world and crying out for relief from our captor (sin). “And ransom captive Israel”. I had forgotten that hymns had meaning, until T mentioned that line. Then we sang it during worship last night, and I share it with you. I highlighted the words that really stood out to me as I reflected on the injustice that exists and how I long and cry out for, the King of Peace to come.
O come, O come Emmanuel And ransom captive Israel That morns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appear
Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel Shall come to thee O Israel
O come thou Wisdom from on high And order all things far and nigh To us the path of knowledge show And teach us in her ways to go
O come thou Dayspring come and cheer Our spirits by Thine advent here Disperse the gloomy clouds of night And death’s dark shadows put to flight
O come, Desire of nations, bind In one the hearts of all mankind; Bid Thou our sad divisions cease, And be Thyself our King of Peace.