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  • Kirk Hollingsworth says:

    I have found myself meditating a lot on a hymn which technically isn’t an Advent hymn (it’s in Christian Responsibility): Hymn #573 (Langham), “Father Eternal, Ruler of Creation”. It’s a gorgeous text (with an excellent tune), originally written for the League of Nations (the failed post-WWI precursor of today’s United Nations). It mixes a feeling for Advent with the kind of nervousness about the world that many of us, I suspect, feel these days.

    In particular, the last two verses:

    Lust of possession worketh desolations:
    There is no meekness in the powers of earth;
    Led by no star, the rulers of the nations,
    Still fail to bring us to the blissful birth:
    Thy kingdom come, O Lord, thy will be done.

    How shall we love thee, holy hidden Being,
    If we love not the world which thou hast made?
    Bind us in thine own love for better seeing
    Thy Word made flesh, and in a manger laid:
    Thy kingdom come, O Lord, thy will be done.

    Kirk Hollingsworth

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