Lost in the Night
 
 
 
 
 

Written in a minor key, the melody and words of this old Finnish folk tune draw us into the long dark nights of the Scandinavian winters.  One can sense the isolation, loneliness and despair of the people as the darkness lingers over the earth. 


                Lost in the Night the people yet languish,

                longing for morning the darkness to vanquish,

                plaintively sighing with hearts full of anguish.

                Will not day come soon?  Will not day come soon?


  • What images, colors, feelings do the words of this hymn evoke in you…
  • When have you experienced darkness…
  • Consider what is that you are longing for this Advent…


Verse two of this hymn cries out as a reminder to the depth of hurt and pain of the human experience.


                Must we be vainly awaiting the morrow?

                Shall those who have light no light let us borrow

                Giving no heed to our burden of sorrow

                Will not help come soon? Will not help come soon?

               

  • Read the words of this hymn as you listen to the news today…
  • Who are those today who live with a sorrow…in the margins…
  • What partnership is God inviting you to participate in…


Yet, even in darkness there is hope!  There is proclamation as we sing…


                Sorrowing wanderers in darkness yet dwelling,

                dawned has the day of a radiance excelling,

                death’s deepest shadows forever dispelling.

                Christ is coming soon!  Christ is coming soon!


  • Where do you see hope breaking into the world…
  • Describe the feeling of hope…
  • How hope change lives…


                Light o’er the land of the needy is beaming;

                Rivers of life through its deserts are streaming,

                Bringing all peoples a Savior redeeming.

                Come and save us soon!  Come and save us soon!


  • What are you anticipating in the days ahead…
  • Name darkness to which Jesus brings light today…




Loving God, in the darkness we wait.  In anticipation and hope we wait.  And in the stillness you come. Come Lord Jesus, come. Bring the light that breaks the darkness for all the world.  Amen.



Rev. Lorna Halaas, Asst. to the Bishop

Western Iowa Synod

 
 
 
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