so technically this song isn’t an advent song. or even a christmas song. it also isn’t by an independent artist. but it really is an advent song, if you remember that advent is about waiting and longing and hoping. and even though it kind of blows through the christmas story (though it does mention it) straight to jesus’ death and resurrection, that’s the advent we’re in now. i think this song is about our current advent, our waiting for what we know will be better in the middle of this world where all that we can see is broken. so this is matthew west’s “the reason for the world”. i’ve even attached a video link at the end so you can listen for yourself. enjoy, and merry christmas!

 

There are no words in times like these
When tears don’t hide the tragedies
And all you want is a reason for the world

No comfort in the greeting card
Cause God is good, But life’s still hard
and your heart just wants a reason for the world

Maybe the reason for the pain
Is so we would pray for strength
And maybe the reason for the strength
Is so that we would not lose hope
And maybe the reason for all hope
Is so that we could face the world
And the reason for the world
Is to make us long for home

For God so loved your broken heart
He sent his son to where you are
and he died
To give a reason for the world

So lift your sorrows to the one
Whose plan for you has just begun
And rests here in the hands that hold the world

Maybe the reason for the pain
Is so we would pray for strength
And maybe the reason for the strength
Is so that we would not lose hope
And maybe the reason for all hope
Is so that we could face the world
And the reason for the world
Is to make us long for home

Well I know your past the point of broken
Surrounded by your fear
I know your feet are tired and weary
from the road that you walked down here
But just keep your eyes on heaven
and know that you are not alone
remember the reason for the world

No ear has heard, No eye has seen
Not even in your wildest dreams
A beauty that awaits beyond this world
When you look into the eyes of grace
and hear the voice of mercy say
Child, welcome to the reason for the world

 

listen to it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcmb7Qfgl9s

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