The Advent time is a season of waiting and hoping and loving. This time of the year, we are drawn towards those flickers of light around us — all the candles, fairy lights, Christmas trees and decorations. Yet at the same time, the busyness of the season easily seeps in and takes our eyes off the light to the darkness surrounding us.
When we are in the midst of the season that points us towards Love and Hope, we are also aware of our broken hearts bleeding grief and pain, of our lonely, unnoticed souls aching dull. In this season that should be marked with joy and gladness, we might rather be walking with our knees shaking and tears barely held inside. Some days, the hardships push us over and we are free falling into depths unknown — falling into fear and it feels impossible to break free.
“All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” (John 1:3-5)
These mornings, I sit with my hands wrapped around a cup of coffee, watching the lights bring hope to the morning that is yet to see sunlight and here, I am finally getting it — this season, why it always changes everything. Why grace always changes everything.
Because those Greeks who came to worship at the feast in John 12, they knew the way: coming to meet Jesus and asking, the groundbreaking request — “We wish to see Jesus.”
See — that is the way for us who are trying to stumble onwards.To come, to meet with Jesus right here and the one request we know He wants to answer — “I wish to see Jesus.” Because He will be found when we seek Him. That is our way to Christmas, the way to seeing the Hope of this season. Our Savior who humbled Himself to be the God With Us, who walked the broken road to the cross because this is the promise that we have: eternal life with Him.
“And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.” (1 John 2:25)
I keep reading and re-reading this beautiful hymn, “We Would See Jesus” by Anna B. Warner. These words, they keep filling my heart with grace and the wonder that is Jesus. Oh, that we would see Jesus because it is so true: He is all we need.
We Would See Jesus, by Anna B. Warner
We would see Jesus; for the shadows lengthen
Across this little landscape of our life;
We would see Jesus, our weak faith to strengthen
For the last weariness, the final strife.
We would see Jesus, the great rock foundation
Whereon our feet were set with sovereign grace;
Nor life nor death, with all their agitation,
Can thence remove us, if we see His face.
We would see Jesus; other lights are paling,
Which for long years we have rejoiced to see;
The blessings of our pilgrimage are failing;
We would not mourn them, for we go to Thee.
We would see Jesus; yet the spirit lingers
Round the dear objects it has loved so long,
And earth from earth can scarce unclasp its fingers;
Our love to Thee makes not this love less strong.
We would see Jesus: sense is all too binding,
And heaven appears too dim, too far away;
We would see Thee, Thyself our hearts reminding
What Thou hast suffered, our great debt to pay.
We would see Jesus: this is all we’re needing;
Strength, joy, and willingness come with the sight;
We would see Jesus, dying, risen, pleading;
Then welcome day, and farewell mortal night.
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