At the end of the service last night, our guest musician (who happens to be my boyfriend) played as his postlude the music from the Hymn, "Healer of Our Every Ill" by Marty Haugen. For some reason, that hymn has spoken to me. It seems to give hope in a dark time.
I'm halfway tempted to use this is some way as an Advent theme. Here are the lyrics for the uninitiated:
Healer of Our Every Ill
Healer of our ev’ry ill,
light of each tomorrow,
give us peace beyond our fear,
and hope beyond our sorrow.
You who know our fears and sadness,
grace us with your peace and gladness,
Spirit of all comfort: fill our hearts.
In the pain and joy beholding
how your grace is still unfolding,
give us all your vision: God of love.
You who know each thought and feeling,
teach us all your way of healing,
Spirit of compassion: fill each heart.
Give us strength to love each other,
ev’ry sister, ev’ry brother,
Spirit of all kindness: be our guide.