Advent Reflections 2021: Day 9

Praise to the God who clears the way


(StF 183)                             

The writer of this advent hymn is inviting us to praise God for his plan of salvation through the coming of Christ.

God is to be praised as he challenges us to leave our sinful ways and live in alignment with his word and according to his will. As we walk with him in our journeys of faith, God miraculously transforms our minds to see things as he does and relinquish our dependence on material things to fully depend on him.

The hymn is an invitation to praise God who never leaves us. Today as we go through much pain, suffering, loss and mourning because of the pandemic, amongst other challenges, God is with us as we await dawn. As we wait for the coming of Christ, may we have peace in our hearts because our hope is in him, the prince of peace, who is glorious, who turns our darkness into light.

The writer invites us to look beyond our challenges and praise God for the coming of Jesus. Isaiah (chapter 9 verse 2) foretold the birth of Christ and presented the expectation felt in anticipation of the coming Messiah. He says that those who walked in darkness have seen a great light and those living in the land of the shadow of death, on them, the light has dawned.

Praise be to God, the Messiah is coming!

Daphne Maganga


Praise to the God who clears the way,

    preparing room and space;

praise to the God who comes to judge

    the truth of word and deed;

praise to the God who comes to bring

    comfort to all who mourn;

praise to the God who waits with us

    for hope and joy to reign!