Today is the first Sunday in Advent. Christmas doesn’t begin until Christmas Eve (and not August 7th as most shops seem to think…).
Here is a collect from the Methodist Worship Book:-
‘Then will the glory of the Lord be revealed
and all will see it together.
Wait for the Lord, be strong and brave
and put your hope in the Lord’.
This is one of my favourite hymns- I prefer the longing of the Advent ones more than the sickly sweet Christmas carols- redone by Sufjan Stevens who captures the melancholy longing well:-