L&B 2013 Advent series: “Advent Vespers” – December 1: Hope is Dawning

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“Advent Vespers” – A L&B blog series for Advent 2013

I hope to post a short entry most evenings during Advent with a short Scripture passage from the Daily Lectionary, a brief reflection or prayer and a worship song.

Some of the verses that struck me from today’s Advent Daily Office Lectionary.:

Psalm 146:8 – 10  The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.  The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous.  9 The Lord watches over the sojourners; he upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin. 10 The Lord will reign forever, your God, O Zion, to all generations.

Psalm 112: 4   Light dawns in the darkness for the upright; he is gracious, merciful, and righteous.

I’m reminded once again as we begin Advent that it is the Lord who shines His light in our hearts in His grace & mercy.  It is He who sets the prisoner free and lifts up those who are bowed down.  Grace. Grace. Grace.  All grace.  Not by works.  Not my righteousness.   O Lord shine Your light afresh on my heart this Advent.  May I open up my heart to Your light and truth and let it shine in and from me, not try to somehow bring forth light in my own strength in this season.

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Advent Worship:

A worship song I’m enjoying as part of my Advent playlist this year:  Aaron Keyes: Hope is Dawning. (YouTube)

You can find the song on Aaron Keyes’ album Dwell (2011)

Verse 1
Open up the skies and rain the heavens down, the heavens down
Father open up the skies and rain the heavens down on us

Verse 2
Open up our eyes to see Your glory found, it’s all around
Jesus open up our eyes to see Your glory’s all around

Chorus
We are longing
Hope is dawning
Heaven’s falling
Come Lord Jesus

Verse 3
Open up our hearts to say, “Have Your way, have Your way”
Spirit, open up our hearts to say, “Won’t You come and have Your way”

Bridge
I see the Lord
On His throne
No one stands
But Christ alone

lyrics from Worship Together

-Karen B.

artwork credit:  St James Anglican Church, Manotick, Ontario Canada

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