My advent word of the day is Mystery.
A Mystery is something that is impossible to understand or explain. We often talk about God and faith as mystery. For some of us this becomes a puzzle that we seek the answer and draw the right conclusions. We come to a clear picture of God and how it works. For others of us God is a mystery that we can never fully understand or explain. Every time we think we we have learned who God is a new puzzle, mystery occurs and we have a new journey of discovery. We may never fully understand God and that is sometimes an uncomfortable place to be. When the world is uncertain it would be nice to have a certainty about how God acts and where God will act. But God shares glimpses, pictures, songs, moments, words that evoke a beautiful, deep and impossible to grasp moment of clarity and peace. Then the mystery begins again.
Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessèd, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, Thy great Name we praise.
Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might;
Thy justice, like mountains, high soaring above
Thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.
To all, life Thou givest, to both great and small;
In all life Thou livest, the true life of all;
We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
And wither and perish—but naught changeth Thee.
Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,
Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight;
But of all Thy rich graces this grace, Lord, impart
Take the veil from our faces, the vile from our heart.
All laud we would render; O help us to see
’Tis only the splendor of light hideth Thee,
And so let Thy glory, Almighty, impart,
Through Christ in His story, Thy Christ to the heart.