Christmas Day

Hark! the messenger angels sing.
It is finished! Love has come!

Our spirits soar, O mighty God,
at the magnitude and majesty:

there you are among us, the Infant Savior — and
here you are among us, the Wonderful Mystery!

We are bursting with the news: Love is here!
Peace is here! Justice and judgment are here!

How sweet, how delicious, how very
indescribable — you are sublime!

Receive our joy and make of it wonder.

Receive our gratitude and make of it humility.

Receive our adoration and make of it compassion.

Make of us, O Jesus, vessels of praise
and testimonies of the miraculous

so that no one doubts and no one
does not know the breadth of your love.

Glory, glory, glory to you in our hearts!
Glory, glory, glory to you in heaven & earth!

Glory and good news for all people!
Good news and great relief for those most in need.

Hark! the messenger angels sing.
It is finished! Love has come!

Amen! Your love is complete!
Amen! Our work of love is renewed

and our life in love is saved.
Glory, pure glory to God in the highest!

Your love is forever and ever.
Amen and amen.

Woodwork by David Van Epps

Woodwork by David Van Epps

cross-posted at RevGalBlogPals

Advent: Not Even Close

Not even close
to faithful waiting
Turns out I was
watching intently
but you came singing.

Not even close
to perfect discipleship
Raging as I do,
wandering restlessly
while you appear in peace.

Not even close
to getting my house
in order (in any sense of the word)
Only to remember
your foundation already laid.

Not even close
but you have already
drawn closer than a breath,
more intimate than touch.
Hallelujah — you are already near!

on Matthew 24:42

Advent: Again and Again

Always your goodness surprises me, yet there it is — again and again. A moment in a rocking chair. A long laugh with a friend. Always your grace surprises me, yet there it is — again and again. A renewed strength. A sigh of release. Forever your faithfulness surprises me, yet there it is — again and again. A song. A presence. Again and again, my Savior. Again and again, my Jesus. Amen and amen.

on Titus 3:4-5