“Advent should be dark and tense.
The world desperately needs a Savior,
and in Advent we should feel the weight of that longing.”
“Come broken, come whole
Come wounded in your soul
Come anyway that you know
Come doubting, come sure
Come fearful to this door
Come see what love is for
Come running, come walking slow
Come weary on your broken road
Come see Him and shed your heavy load
Mary Chapin Carpenter, Come Darkness, Come Light
“Light of lights! All gloom dispelling,
You did come to make Your dwelling
Here within our world of sight.
Lord, in pity and in power,
You did in our darkest hour
Rend the clouds and show Your light.
Praise to You in earth and heaven
Now and evermore be given,
Christ, who is sun and shield.
Lord, for us Your life You gave,
Those who trust in You, You save,
All Your mercy stands revealed.”
I waited patiently for the Lord,
He turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
He set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.