The following songs are connected to a series of three reflections written by Steve Bell and included in our book, In Days to Come: words for Advent. While the songs certainly stand on their own, you can also get more information on the book by clicking here. All three are available on Steve’s new album for Advent, Christmastide and Epiphany, Keening for the Dawn.
ORACLES | Music and Lyric by Steve Bell, used with permission
Isaiah 2:1-5, 7:10-16, 11:1-10, 35:1-10
O ancient seer, your vision told Of desert highways leading home To the mountain of the Lord Where nations sound a righteous song forever more.
And on that mountain men will forge From cruel implements of war The tools to till and garden soil The rose will bloom and faces shine with gladdening oil
And it will surely come to pass Justice will reign on earth at last The wolf will lie down with the lamb No beast destroy, no serpent strike the child’s hand
And God himself will choose a sign A frightened woman in her time Will bear a son and name him well God with us! O come, O come Emmanuel!
KEENING | music and lyrics by Steve Bell, used with permission
On and on the night goes on Brooding dark before the dawn We are waiting Wearied lips rehearse our creeds Bellies swollen with you seed We are waiting Hardened shards of broken bread Small consolations in your stead Soured wine a tonic for the pain Dutifully we take our fill Still, we long to see Your face again Keening for the dawn as such Stirs the memory of your touch We are waiting We are waiting
FASHION FOR ME | music and lyrics by Steve Bell, used with permission
Fashion for me a desert of peace A land that is empty of endless disease With no-one to suffer hate or appease With nothing to covet, desire or compete But you alone
Grant to me lord by your sovereign hand To wander forever in this boundless land Where all of my yearnings fears and demands Are abandoned and lost to the great desert sands Surrounding me
Fashion for me a desert of peace Where Father, Son and Spirit meet Together as one, together release me Free from sin, to enter in to life forever more Fashion for us a city of love Where the lamb and the lion together lie down* Where all of the long-lost pilgrims are found Rejoicing in song for the Savior is crowned As Lord and King
Grant to us lord by your sovereign hand A city of joy in the heart of the land A home for the weary alien man The fatherless children, the widow who’s hands Are tired and worn Fashion for us a city of love Where Father, Son and Spirit live Together as one, together allow us Free to take, and celebrate the life forever more