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Original lyrics set to the tune of O Little Town of Bethlehem.

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The night is long; the darkness deep; our childish dreams long gone.
We lie awake with hearts that ache for warmth and light of dawn.
We long to trust the promise the prophets have foretold:
we look for signs of your designs for what the future holds.

In our unknowing and our doubt, O Christ, you speak your Word:
to stay awake and watch and wait for signs unseen, unheard.
Yet in our very longing, your Spirit cries for home:
for you are near, and hidden here, and yet are still to come.

And so in silent stillness now we watch, and as we do
your grace imparts into our hearts the gifts we seek in you.
Our openness transforms us: for now your grace is clear,
that we may shine and be a sign that Christ is drawing near.


The lyrics shown on this page are original lyrics by Steve Garnaas-Holmes, set to the tune of O Little Town of Bethlehem.

You are permitted to directly copy and paste from this page and print, project, broadcast or otherwise use these materials and this song in worship or whatever way you need. These lyrics are free to use or pay-what-you-like to purchase (download includes lyrics in .doc format).

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