It’s Song Sunday again 🙂
This isn’t an Advent song at all. It was going to be our last song after my sermon at church this morning. Sadly time ran out and although we managed to listen to the excellent ‘Everest’ by Iain Archer, we didn’t make it to this one.
‘I will sing the wondrous story’ is one of my favourite hymns. This morning we were looking at Isaiah and the things he calls us to wait for in Advent. We looked at the vast story of history and our place in it waiting, longing for and anticipating Jesus coming again. We looked at the long wait, the amazing future we are waiting for and how we can wait well in this life.
This hymn kind of sums all of that up in a few verses. I love it’s joy at how brilliant the story is. I love the retelling of how I was lost and Jesus found me. I love it’s realism about life here. Days of darkness come over me so often. Sorrow’s path is one we all tread in this world. I love that it reminds me that I will be kept until the end. It reminds me that we are held in the dark and one day the morning will come.
I will sing the wondrous story
Of the Christ Who died for me;
How He left the clouds in glory
For the cross of Calvary.
Yes, I’ll sing the wondrous story
Of the Christ Who died for me,
Sing it with the saints in glory,
Gathered by the crystal sea.
I was lost, but Jesus found me,
Found the sheep that went astray,
Threw His loving arms around me,
Drew me back into His way.
I was bruised, but Jesus healed me,
Faint was I from many a fall,
Sight was gone, and fears possessed me,
But He freed me from them all.
Days of darkness still come o’er me,
Sorrow’s path I often tread,
But His presence still is with me;
By His guiding hand I’m led.
He will keep me till the river
Rolls its waters at my feet;
Then He’ll bear me safely over,
Saved by grace and made complete.
Happy second Sunday of Advent 🙂