I’m gradually writing Advent words for familiar Christmas hymns.
Here’s this year’s to the tune for Hark the Herald Angels

Listen to the angels sing
News of coming joy they bring
Hopes abandoned are restored
In the ever-birthing Word
Longing hearts and lives are filled
Paths of wonder are rebuilt
Peace drifts softly into place
Carried by the breath of grace
Listen to the angels sing
News of coming joy they bring

Listen for the word of peace
Wars will end and terror cease
No one’s child will be afraid
Broken lives will be remade
Christ has come, will come again
Holy is this in-between
Here we cast our lives in grace
Here we touch the longing-place
Listen for the words of peace
Wars will end and terrors cease.

Listen to the angels sing
News of coming joy they bring
Mary’s yes and Joseph’s dream
Carried Love through lives unseen
It is ours to make a place
To receive the Child of Grace
In the cradle of our lives
God with Us again arrives
Listen to the angels sing
News of coming joy they bring.

 

©  Catherine Smith, 2017