This project began as personal reflection during Advent and evolved into something I shared throughout the season. Each day in December I read the scripture passages allotted by the lectionary. Flipping back and forth between pages, my meditation on the words led to penning brief amalgamations of language and imagery – short verses birthed by biblical poetry and prose. I also snapped a photo each day that captured the sentiment of each piece.
Wandering deeper into the season I began to notice the great intention of the lectionary’s selection, as well as arterial themes weaved throughout the biblical story. I’ve never experienced anything quite like it. Profound as it was to think on the brilliance and beauty of scriptural congruency, experiencing the guidance of God’s Spirit along the way was the real treat. Though these scriblings are obviously not inspired
like the scriptures are, they were certainly inspired by them.
My simple hope in sharing this is to encourage you to venture into the scriptures for yourself. To discover what so many have found so meaningful season after season and what the Advent arranges before us: hope, peace, joy and love.
One (Psalm 79, Micah 4.1-5, Revelation 15.1-8) Though daily doomed. A peaceful path precedes us. The Almighty has forged it.
Two (Psalm 79, Micah 4.6-13, Revelation 18.1-10) Does compassion not rush to the widow?
Will the just and kind lack company?
At last! The lowly are lifted,
But the palace of pride laments.
Three (Psalm 79, Micah 5.1-5a, Luke 21.34-38) The Shepherd pastures bloodied sheep,
And feeds them in the morn.
Eternal One is now their peace, Deliverer is born!
Four (Psalm 85.1-2, 8-13, Hosea 6.1-6, 1 Thessalonians 1.2-10) The morning mist is fast repealing,
And early dew will melt away.
On painful paths we meet our healing,
Where word of dawn has bid us stay.
Five (Psalm 85.1-2, 8-13, Jeremiah 1.4-10, Acts 11.19-26) Good Giver graces
Any earth his Speech is sent
Where ears are open.
Six (Psalm 85.1-2, 8-13, Ezekiel 36.24-28, Mark 11.27-33) When love and truth kissed
This stone-made heart turned tissue
My folly baptized.
Seven (Isaiah 40.1-11, Psalm 85.1-2, 8-13, 2 Peter 3.8-15a, Mark 1.1-8) A thousand years – a day will pass
For patient Sons called dear.
Salvation will spring up like grass
When Comforter comes near.
Eight (Psalm 27, Isaiah 26.7-15, Acts 2.37-42) Despair extinguished
On nights my dark soul longs for
A forgiving charge.
Nine (Psalm 27, Isaiah 4.2-6, Acts 11.1-18) Living lands are long promised
To branches bruised and banished.
And many more, blanketed in grace,
Will find themselves re-grafted.
Ten (Psalm 27, Malachi 2.10-31, Luke 1.5-17) God’s House is our House
The Temple tabernacled
Whom we prepare for.
Eleven (Psalm 126, Habakkuk 2.1-5, Philippians 3.7-10) Though sowing sadness
Our fellowship of resurrection nears.
Joy tarries temporarily!
Twelve (Psalm 126, Habakkuk 3.2-6, Philippians 3.12-16) The LORD makes us laugh.
His splendour is like sunlight.
Let us stand in it.
Thirteen (Psalm 126, Habakkuk 3.13-19, Matthew 21.28-32) Once captive now I
Rejoice to work in
My Father’s vineyard.
Fourteen (Isaiah 61.1-4, 8-11, Psalm 126, Luke 1.46b-55, 1 Thessalonians 5.16-24) Blessed as brides and grooms
Are the broken-hearted ones!
Happy and joyful
Are the hungry and humble!
The faithful, long-predicted
Producer of light.
Fifteen (Psalm 125, 1 Kings 18.1-18, Ephesians 6.10-17) Safely encircled
Are those in Spirit-armour
Mountains surround them.
Sixteen (Psalm 125, 2 Kings 2.9-22, Acts 3.17-44) Nomads, prophets, kings
Travail to trust the One who
Blesses by service.
All who heed his humble way
Find their promised land.
Seventeen (Psalm 125, Malachi 3.16-4.6, Mark 9.9-13) Peace on My good people
On whom the righteous sun rises
With healing in its wings At the restoration of it all.
Eighteen (Psalm 89.1-4, 19-26, 2 Samuel 6.1-11, Hebrews 1.1-4) Though couched in lovingkindness
The king is right to quake in
The company of One who
Makes visible the invisible
A might unmatched.
Nineteen (Psalm 89.1-4, 19-26, 2 Samuel 6. 12-19, Hebrews 1.5-14) Salvation songs flow
With the oil of gladness when
Dignity is shed.
Twenty (Psalm 89.1-4, 19-26, Judges 13.2-24, John 7.40-52) The Son stronger than
Sampson is of Jessie’s line
Bethlehem’s true King.
Twenty-One (Psalm 96, Zephaniah 3.8-13, Romans 10.5-13) The home of the Most High is
A house built as we house him
A dwelling blessed
On salvation’s rock
With room for all.
Twenty-Two (Psalm 96, Zephaniah 3.14-20, Romans 13.11-14) Heaven is happy
And the earth rejoices as
Night wanes and Light nears.
Twenty-Three (Psalm 96, Ecclesiastes 3.1-8, James 1.17-18) Sing of good tidings
The appointed time is near
Father gives his Word.
Twenty-Four (Isaiah 9.2-7, Psalm 96, Titus 2.11-14, Luke 2.1-14) A Child is given
A Son counted among us
Though unlike any.
He blesses with hope
And banishes fear for all
Who call him their own.