“You are our eternal salvation,
The unfailing light of the world.
You are truly our redemption.
Grieving that the human race was perishing
through the tempter’s power,
without leaving the heights
You came to the depths in your loving kindness.
Readily taking our humanity by Your gracious will,
You saved all earthly creatures, long since lost,
Restoring joy to the world.
Redeem our souls and bodies, O Christ,
and so possess us as Your shining dwellings.
By Your first coming, make us righteous;
At your second coming, set us free:
So that, when the world is filled with light
and you judge all things,
We may be clad in spotless robes
and follow in Your steps, O King,
Into the heavenly hall.” (Unknown Author, 10th century)
That blows my mind that this was written nearly 1,000 years ago. It goes to show that truth is timeless and always relevant to whatever circumstances and cultures you’re in. The truth of Advent remains as true and trustworthy today as it was on that very first Christmas morn.
Lord, may we be found in You at this and every Christmas and know the true meaning of the season. May Christmas not just be one day a year but all the days of all the years in our hearts and minds and deeds.