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“Seeds of the Kingdom” = December 2, 2020

When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy.  Psalm 126:1-2

The season of Advent began last Sunday.  It is a season of preparation that culminates in the celebration of Christmas Day; it is a season that encourages us in our anticipation of Christ’s coming again.  Advent is to include times of quiet, of spiritual reflection, of self-examination and the exercise of the discipline of waiting on the Lord and the restorative powers of his new kingdom, the seeds of which we are called to plant in the present.

Many people are reading several advent-tuned devotionals already so I hesitate to add another.  Hence, I’m suggesting that we simply engage in some advent quiet-time listening to a song someone sent to me this week.  It is based on a well-used Advent psalm, Psalm 126. The text to the song available below is a wonderful basis for a time of advent reflection.

The song is offered by Bifrost Arts (featuring Molly Parden) from an album: He Will Not Cry Out: Anthology of Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Vol. 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tIuxV8pTJk

 

Our mouths they were filled, filled with laughter

Our tongues they were loosed, loosed with joy

Restore us, O Lord

Restore us, O Lord

 

Although we are weeping

Lord, help us keep sowing

The seeds of Your Kingdom

For the day You will reap them

Your sheaves we will carry

Lord, please do not tarry

All those who sow weeping

Will go out with songs of joy

 

The nations will say, “He has done great things!”

The nations will sing songs of joy

Restore us, O Lord

Restore us, O Lord