Signs of ending all around us, darkness, death, and winter days
Shroud our lives in fear and sadness, numbing mouths that long to praise.
Come, O Christ, and dwell among us! Hear our cries, come set us free.
Give us hope and faith and gladness. Show us what there yet can be.
Can it be that from our endings, new beginnings you create?
Life from death, and from our rendings, realms of wholeness generate?
Take our fears, then, Lord, and turn them into hopes for life anew:
Fading light and dying season sing their Glorias to you.
(Hymn 721 in Wonder, Love, and Praise. Words by Dean W. Nelson; Music (Ton-y-Botel) by Thomas John Williams. For me, the music makes it, and singing it even more so.)