Advent listening

In the long nights of December,
We listen, Lord, for the words you speak.
How can we hear you
When the markets and machines are so loud,
When the sellers and the entertainers
Clamor for our every attention?

Still we would listen for you
And hear of wars so we may long for peace,
And hear of oppression
So we may long for justice,
And hear of hunger so we may long for you.

Then make a path, O God,
So righteousness and peace
Shall meet and shall kiss
And with that kiss, with that glory,
Shall we and this good creation
Praise and bless your coming.

Theology Uncorked, 2005
found previously at


Let me hear what God the LORD will speak,
  for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints;
  but let them not turn back to folly.
Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him,
  that glory may dwell in our land.

Steadfast love and faithfulness meet;
   righteousness and peace kiss each other.
Faithfulness springs up from the ground,
  and righteousness looks down from the sky.
Yes, the LORD will give what is good,
  and our land will yield its increase.
Righteousness will go before him
  and make his footsteps a way.

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