NEW LIFE THERE
(Mark 13: 24-37)
From the fig tree learn this lesson:
budding leaves say summer’s near,
sign of joy in time of dryness,
sign of hope in time of fear.
Tree of joy bloom in our sorrow,
tree of hope bloom in despair,
tree of peace bloom from tomorrow;
show us that there’s new life there.
Show us those who wait for justice
will not have to wait in vain.
Show the hungering and thirsting
they will find release from pain.
Word of joy speak in our sorrow,
word of hope speak in despair,
word of peace speak from tomorrow;
point us to the new life there.
Help us stay awake and watching
till the weary night is o’er.
Help us be alert and faithful
to the One who’s at the door.
Lord of joy break through our sorrow,
Lord of hope break through despair,
Lord of peace come from tomorrow;
lead us to the new life there.
© Copyright 2014 by Andrew King
NOTE: If you have interest in this as an Advent song, allow me to suggest further verses for each week, each based on one of the lectionary readings, which could be substituted in turn for the final verse (“Help us stay awake”) above:
See the grass, how soon it withers;
see the flower quickly fade.
But God’s word will stand forever,
faithful to the promise made.
(Isaiah 40: 1-11)
Wear the garland, not the ashes;
turn your mourning into joy;
clothe yourselves in robes of gladness
for salvation comes today.
(Isaiah 61: 1-4, 8-11)
Hear the angel greet the virgin:
“You will bear a holy Son,
he will be a king eternal,
David’s heir, the promised One.”
(Luke 1: 26-38)