This morning the woods are shrouded with fog. Not a dense, harsh, blind-your-eyes fog, but a hugging fog. An I-love-you fog that wraps around you and makes you yearn to stay safe and hidden in it for hours and days. Makes you yearn for more of beauty and truth and grace.
Advent is the season of yearning. We recognize in ourselves the incompleteness of our contentment. Yes, there is the Christ Child, and we love him and are satisfied by his presence in our life.
But contentment is a now-and-not-yet phenomenon. As content as we are, that contentment waits for eternity to be sealed in us.
So we yearn, which is good. Yearning is a component for a healthy life. Exercise for the heart. When I yearn, I acknowledge that something is not right with the world, and that yearning becomes a prayer that God would make it right. Yearning can be the stirring of God in our very souls that makes us press more into him.
Today I want to share with you a few musical offerings that encapsulate this yearning. For me, music is yearning. They are innately joined, synonymous.
Feel free to yearn along with the music.