O come, O King of nations, come, O Cornerstone that binds in one: refresh the hearts that long for you; restore the broken, make us new. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel.
Over the years, I’ve known many people who were self-conscious about their scars. One always wore long pants to cover them. Another got an elaborate tattoo to conceal them. Another was bothered by their “ugliness.” Another was haunted by trauma at the sight of them.
And yet, scars are signs of healing. “Restore the broken,” we pray today. When there is a scar, we see that God has done just that. Our God-given bodies are remarkable for their ability to heal. Amid the realities of sickness and death, we must also tell the truth that we are miraculous for our resilience.
Our inner lives, too, have their scars. Most hearts have been broken, a time or two. But we proclaim boldly that there IS healing in the midst of the chaos. God is transforming pain, right now. God is at work.
Our world, too, has its struggles. Sometimes, the bad news is too much to bear. And so, we place our hope in the “King of nations.” We look to the future, knowing that our struggles mark us, but they do not have the final say.
- What signs of healing and hope have you experienced?
- What is broken that you would ask God to restore and make new?
Let us pray. O ruler of all peoples and nations, the only joy of the human’s heart, O keystone of the almighty arch of humankind: Come and save the creatures that you fashioned from the dust. Amen.
All italicized quotes, poems, and prayers come from An Advent Sourcebook (Liturgy Training Publications/Chicago, IL, 1986).