Saturday December 22

Hark the Glad Sound! (Verse 4) “Our glad hosannas, Prince of Peace, your welcome shall proclaim,
and heav’n’s eternal arches ring with your beloved name.”

Who would have thought that peace would be so loud? When we imagine a sense of peace, it
usually includes some momentary silence from the noise our busy lives create. In this season of
Advent and for those in colder climates, perhaps we picture gently falling snow while we sit
wrapped in a blanket by the fire. But Christ’s entry into the world warrants a loud rejoicing!
This classic Christmas hymn confirms our calling to a raucous celebration of the Prince of Peace
and his arrival. A new ruler has come to power, but in the most unexpected way—arriving as a
vulnerable baby born to a lowly woman named Mary. And can you just imagine making those
heavenly eternal arches ring? Certainly, that’s no easy task. It might take some massive and unified
singing, like that of every voice in creation bellowing together the name of Christ as King. Wouldn’t that be a special thing to witness in our lifetime?

Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest! Lord God, give the whole world the voice to sing your peace and love this Christmas and always. Amen.

Advent Photo Challenge:  Take a picture each day during Advent and share on your social media platform of choice with #stpauladvent
Today’s picture inspiration: Warmth