The Lord sent me a gift while I was sitting in church yesterday.
I noticed in the bulletin that the first hymn was a favorite of mine, "Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus".
Not only do the words speak to my soul, this is also the song during which my bride strode down the aisle on the first day of our marriage.
As I stood there at the altar, listening to the hymn 35 years ago, I couldn't help but imagine what Jesus must feel like when he thinks of his bride, the church, coming for the wedding feast that will end creation as we know it.
So I thought I would include the hymn in this blog. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do:
Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel's strength and consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.
Born Thy people to deliver,
Born a child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever,
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.