Day 72 of 365 . . . prompt word: night
The Night Will Soon Be Ending is one my favourite Advent hymns. It’s melody is haunting. The words in the stanzas fill me with hope and light. Especially stanza four. The words bring me to tears pretty much every time. Not tears of sadness, but of hope. Hope that one day, the dark days of depression will be gone forever. The darkness will end and the days will be filled with a never-ending light.
Here is a You Tube video that plays through the hymn (however they sing only three stanzas — not five). They are singing a hymn set to the tune Llangloffan, a Welsh tune. The following is from Lutheran Service Book. The Text was written by Jochen Klepper (1903-42) translated by Herman G. Stuempfle Jr. (1923-2007):
The Night Will Soon Be Ending
The night will soon be ending; the dawn cannot be far.
Let songs of praise ascending now greet the Morning Star!
All you whom darkness frightens with guilt or grief or pain,
God’s radiant Star now brightens and bids you sing again.
The One whom angels tended comes near, a child, to serve;
Thus God, the judge offended bears all our sins deserve.
The guilty need not cower, for God has reconciled
Through His redemptive power all those who trust this child.
The earth in sure rotation will soon bring morning bright,
So run where God’s salvation glows in a stable’s light.
As old as sin’s perversion is mercy’s vast design:
God brings a new creation — this child its seal and sign.
Yet nights will bring their sadness and rob our hearts of peace,
And sin in all its madness around us may increase.
But now one Star is beaming whose rays have pierced the night:
God comes for our redeeming from sin’s oppressive might.
God dwells with us in darkness and makes the night as day;
Yet we resist the brightness and turn from God away.
But grace does not forsake us, however far we run.
God claims us still as children through Mary’s infant Son.
I can’t wait for the season of Advent to come!