In my post this past Thursday, I lamented the excess of Christmas celebrations. We need to rediscover – like the Old Testament prophets and the people of Israel – advent. To long for, yearn for, hope for the coming of Christ.
Today, we will celebrate together the First Sunday of Advent and light a candle to symbolize our Hope in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Messiah – the One by whom we are “redeemed, called, justified, sanctified, and glorified.”
Though He now sits at the right hand of God the Father, interceding on our behalf, he will, one day, return and make all things new. Oh, how I long for that.
This hymn, written in 1846 by Horatio Bonar is titled “Come, Lord, and Tarry Not”.
Come Lord, and tarry not;
Bring the long-looked-for day;
O why these years of waiting here,
These ages of delay?
Come, for Thy saints still wait;
Daily ascends their sigh:
The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come”:
Dost Thou not hear the cry?
Come, for creation groans,
Impatient of Thy stay,
Worn out with these long years of ill,
These ages of delay.
Come, and make all things new;
Build up this ruined earth;
Restore our faded Paradise,
Creation’s second birth.
Come, and bring Thy reign
Of everlasting peace;
Come, take the kingdom to Thyself,
Great King of Righteousness.