Music to reflect on Advent
We’ve heard a lot over the last few days about Mary, Joseph and the angels but I find the most challenging part of this story is Mary’s response after she meets her cousin Elizabeth. These two women both part of God’s story for the world – proclaiming God’s greatness and God’s promise and God’s challenge.
In our celebration of Advent and Christmas we often forget the promise and challenge within the Christmas story – the promise that God is with us, alongside us and that God wants us to transform our world with his message of hope, peace and love throughout the year!
Many composers have written various versions of these words and we frequently sing them in church but recently I came across this piece called ‘The Canticle of the turning’ written by Rory Cooney. I love the earthiness of this piece written to the tune of a familiar folk song.
Though I am small, my God, my all, you work great things in me.
And your mercy will last from the depths of the past to the end of the age to be.
Your very name puts the proud to shame, and to those who would for you yearn.
You will show your might, put the strong to flight, for the world is about to turn.