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Cosmic Hosannas

November 29, 2020

“And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.” Mark 13:37

Well, this is a new problem. What to do at the Dispatch on a Sunday I didn’t preach? Well, I can’t not post something. I’m too stubborn to make that choice! Something brief, then.

Today, with my brain freed from the homiletical task, I paid a great deal of attention to the music. Goodness, there are a lot of good Advent hymns. I was particularly caught up in singing “Wake, Awake for Night is Flying,” Philipp Nicolai’s sixteenth-century masterpiece. You hopefully couldn’t tell through the livestream, but I was singing this hymn loudly, especially as it moved joyfully to its end:

No eye has seen, no ear
has yet been trained to hear,
what joy is ours!
Crescendos rise;
your halls resound;
hosannas blend in cosmic sound.

Amen and amen! I felt like I was in the halls of the Lord already.

But for now we wait. For Christmas. For our community of faith to able to gather together and join our voices in song. For the final coming of Christ. As you wait, may the songs of Advent sustain you in the hope of the Christ who comes to you today.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

God of hope, stir up your power and come. Keep us awake to the presence of Christ. Keep us alert to the needs of our neighbors. Keep us connected in your love. Come, Lord Jesus! Amen.

Image: The Grace Advent wreath.

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