Morning Hymn Part 5


I pray this week has been a blessing as we have encountered, explored, and experienced the hymns of morning.  Today, I want to shift to a different hymn, Awake, Awake and Greet the New Morn.  While this is usually sung at Christmas, I find there to be a powerful and profound beauty in this hymn in all seasons.  First slowly read, savor the lyrics:

1).  Awake! Awake and greet the new morn, 
for angels herald its dawning.
sing out your joy, for Jesus is born,
behold! the Child of our longing.
Come as a baby weak and poor, 
to bring all hearts together,
to open wide the heavenly door,
and lives now inside us forever.

2).  To us, to all in sorrow and fear, 
Emmanuel comes a-singing,
whose humble song is quiet and near, 
yet fills the earth with its ringing.
Music to heal the broken soul 
and hymns of loving kindness,
the thunder of the anthems roll 
to shatter all hate and injustice.

3).  In deepest night Christ's coming shall be, 
when all the world is despairing,
as morning light so quiet and free, 
so warm and gentle and caring.
One without voice breaks forth in song, 
a lame one leaps in wonder,
the weak are raised above the strong, 
and weapons are broken asunder.

4).  Rejoice, rejoice, take heart in the night, 
though cold the winter and cheerless,
the rising sun shall crown you with light,
be strong and loving and fearless;
Love be our song and love our prayer, 
and love, our endless story,
may God fill every day we share, 
and bring us at last into glory.

May the words above stir your soul.

May your life have found a melody in all the hymns of this week.

May you awake to this day aware of the One whose presence is our song and whose love is our prayer always inviting us into the endless, eternal story.  Amen.


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