Lighting the candle of Hope.

November 28, 2010

Every few years a new Christmas song comes along and knocks my socks off.  Last year a dear friend took us to see the Trans Siberian Orchestra.  And though there are many of their recordings I love to play at full volume, one that has gone beyond my ears is Anno Domini.

AD.  In its simplest form, to me it means everything that counts starts here! There was before, now it is now. Some measure time by the life of a Caesars, emperor  or other great leaders.  Some measure from a cataclysm (Eight years after the flood…)  But for those of us who know, it is measured as either before or after the time of Christ. The reason for our joy today and hope for tomorrow.

So for a moment or two, simply reflect on these words, and look inward and forward.

On this night of hope and salvation
One child lies embraced in a dream
Where each man regardless of station
On this night can now be redeemed

Where every man regardless of his nation
Ancestral relations
On this night the past can fly away

And that dream we’ve dreamed most
That every child is held close
On this night that dream won’t be betrayed

All as one
Raise your voices!
Raise your voices!
All as one
On this Christmas day!

All rejoice
Raise your voices!
Raise your voices!
All rejoice
Anno Domini!

On this night when no child’s forgotten
No dream sleeps where he cannot see
No man here is misbegotten
And this night’s dreams are still yet to be

Where every man regardless of his nation
Ancestral relations
On this night the past can fly away

And that dream we’ve dreamed most
That every child is held close
On this night that dream won’t be betrayed

All as one
Raise your voices!
Raise your voices!
All as one
On this Christmas day!

All rejoice
Raise your voices!
Raise your voices!
All rejoice
Anno Domini!

This morning I head an Advent Message about looking forward to the second coming of Christ.  While I think most of the world (well, America and Europe anyway) is looking forward to Christmastime, I think it would do us all well if we simply look forward, to hope, for Christ, in our lives and hearts, in our present, and in our future.  It was a bold move to preach the second coming while everyone else is still talking about the first coming. But the message did help us focus on what really matters.  A relationship with God that lasts beyond this life.  The struggles, trials, deaths even, that we face can be faced because of the hope offered by the first and second coming of Messiah.

Raise your voices, and raise your hearts.  Hope was born.  Anno Domini!

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