Light One Candle

A song for Advent
lighted candle

HOPE:

No one knew his name
Or where he’d been
He slipped below our view into
A purple horizon
With pain that stretched
Like sand against the desert sky,
It’s got me wondering how or why
So many have despised him.

It’s hard to see the light
When so many are so poor
It’s hard to know what’s right
Or what we’re waiting for

Light one candle for hope
Light one candle to make us whole again
Light one candle for hope
Light one candle to hold onto a friend
O God, where are you, God?
Light one candle for hope

PEACE:

O God, where did you go?
‘Cuz I can’t sleep
My mind keeps spinning circles
‘Round these secrets I’m ashamed of
And down the street
A child can’t find her mother’s arms
She’s torn away from all she’s known
While neighbor’s killing neighbor

It’s hard to see the light
When there’s so much hate and war
It’s hard to know what’s right
Or what we’re waiting for

Light one candle for peace
Light one candle to vanquish all our fear
Light one candle for peace
Light one candle to break us out of here
O God, where are you, God?
Light one candle for peace

JOY:

The nights are long
And she’s alone
And everywhere she turns she sees
A greeting for another
The sorrow swells
“Despair is like a hurricane,”
She says as she fades into black,
Just one more unknown number

It’s hard to see the light
When you can’t cut through the storm
It’s hard to know what’s right
Or what we’re waiting for

Light one candle for joy
Light one candle to show us we belong
Light one candle for joy
Light one candle to teach us a new song
O God, where are you, God?
Light one candle for joy

LOVE:

Well it takes us all,
Beloved friends,
To grow beyond our doubts and fears
And reach out to a stranger
But in their face
We see the face of God who came
To show us that to love is risk:
A child laid in a manger

It’s hard to see the light
When none of us is sure
It’s hard to know what’s right
Or what we’re waiting for

Light one candle for love
Light one candle to teach us what is true
Light one candle for love
Light one candle to make us one in you

O God, where are you, God?
O God, we need you, God
O God, we see you, God
Light one candle for love

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