The Advent of our God
Our prayers must now employ,
And we must meet him on his road
With hymns of holy joy.
The everlasting Son
Incarnate soon shall be :
He will a servant’s form put on,
To make his people free.
Rev. John Chandler, The Hymns of the Primitive Church (London: John W. Parker, 1837), Number 36, pp. 39-40.
Advent invites us to both remember historical events leading up to the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, and to anticipate and participate in the continuous incarnation and encounter with God.
The above hymn encapsulates in just these two short verses key themes for this season:
- As God moves towards us we also ‘must meet him on his road’
- Incarnation is about service within a specific context
- Incarnation brings freedom within a specific context