My heart shall sing of the day you bring
Let the fires of your justice burn
Wipe away all tears
For the dawn draws near
And the world is about to turn!
These are words from a song called ‘Canticle of the Turning’ which I heard for the first time this year. The song, in part, is a paraphrase of Mary’s ‘Magnificat’, the song sung about the babe she was carrying and His soon-to-come effect on the world.
Mary’s prophecy came true and the world did turn. Not immediately as a result of Jesus arriving as a babe, but beginning in the ensuing years as He taught and modelled a radical new way. A way that prophets like Micah preached about and that righteous men like Joseph tried to live out. And then ultimately, through the world turning events of Jesus' death and resurrection when death and sin were declared beaten and all creation brought once again into a place where it could experience rightness with its Creator.
Advent is one of those strange ‘now and not yet’ times of year when we both celebrate the world-turning arrival of our Saviour - God gift-wrapped in flesh - whilst acknowledging that justice has not yet been fully realised, and that tears and hunger remain. As we walk with those experiencing injustice this Advent season, may we all seek after this flesh wrapped gift. He is our Living Hope who sustains as we become part of the turning.
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