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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Today's Hymn            

Come, thou long-expected Jesus,
born to set thy people free;
from our sins and fears release us;
let us find our rest in thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation,
hope of all the earth thou art;
dear desire of every nation,
joy of every longing heart.

Charles Wesley’s “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus” (tune: Hyfrydol)
from Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal

Unlike the early Christians who thought their Messiah’s return was close at hand, this familiar hymn reminds us, especially during Advent that we are still waiting.

As we continue to watch and wait this Advent season, we should remember that many hearts worldwide still long for release from sin and fear; from war, from hunger, from exploitation. Very much like the early Christians, we continue to rely on the comfort and strength we receive from the promise of redemption and new beginnings that Jesus’ resurrection represents. I find comfort in this knowledge.

May we remember that Advent brings hope for new life, new beginnings, a new world.

Our hearts long for you, O God. May we find our rest in you, our strength and consolation, and give us hope as we live into your promise of new life, new beginnings, a new world. Amen.

Written by Chris Gernand, Member of Fourth Presbyterian Church

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