This Advent hymn has been ringing in my ears, and I was so happy to find it with the words...such a great reminder of what we are waiting for.
Likewise, Rowan Williams' beautiful
poem below describes the awe and mystery of the arrival of the Great Divine, "like last leaf's fall, like frost, like dark, like crying in the night..." not particularly festive images, but essential descriptions of what our lives are like with the birth of God's essence into our world. Richard Rohr says in his Daily Meditations for Advent today, "The Christ we are asking for and waiting for includes your own full birth and the further birth of history and creation."
"How do our perceptions of Jesus and Christ need to be changed for this birth to be real?" Rohr goes on to ask.
Thinking about Williams" poem, what are the necessary conditions for the coming of Christ?
He will come like last leaf's fall.
One night when the November wind
has flayed the trees to the bone, and earth
wakes choking on the mould,
the soft shroud's folding.
He will come like frost.
One morning when the shrinking earth
opens on mist, to find itself
arrested in the net
of alien, sword-set beauty.
He will come like dark.
One evening when the bursting red
December sun draws up the sheet
and penny-masks its eye to yield
the star-snowed fields of sky.
He will come, will come,
will come like crying in the night,
like blood, like breaking,
as the earth writhes to toss him free.
He will come like child.