The other day, while watching the Sopranos, oddly enough, I thought of yet another image or illustration for the themes of the season of Advent. Advent is dramatic. Not in the manner of teenage girls hyped up on nail polish fumes, reading Twilight books all while listening to Justin Bieber. But rather in the artful fashion of a suspenseful, drama film. What is the one thing that makes a movie dramatic? The music. It's the dramatic music that holds the viewer in tension throughout the movie (good writers,such as Lewis, Tolkien, Rowling, Riordan and Suzanne Collins - among many others - do a similar thing with pace and language, creating suspense in the imagination where movies use other senses). The music keeps you on the edge of your seat, waiting and anticipating what comes next. Who's around the corner? What's going to happen? When will the plot unfold? How will the story end? That's Advent. Dramatic. Suspenseful. Expectant. And just like the movies, although in a far greater way, Advent has some of the best hymns around. The music helps set the tension - He came, He comes, He will come again. Who is coming? Jesus. What's going to happen? A new heavens and a new earth...the resurrection of the dead and the life everlasting. How will the story end? Read the book of Revelation for a glimpse: An eternal Divine Service surrounding the Lamb and His feast; palm branches waving; incense wafting in prayer and thanksgiving and the saints bowed down in endless praise.When? Soon. Rejoice, Rejoice Believers! The Night Will Soon Be Ending! Lift Up Your Heads You Mighty Gates. So, enjoy the hymns of Advent for they prepare us to welcome the Advent of our King as we celebrate his first coming in the flesh and as He prepares us for His second coming in glory by means of His advent in bread, wine, water and word.
Your Zion strews before You, Green boughs and fairest palms;
And I too will adore You With joyous songs and psalms.
My heart shall bloom forever For You with praises new
And from Your name shall never with-hold the honor due.