All creation waited, longing
deeply grieved in heart and soul,
eager to be reunited,
reconciled, made free and whole.
Then beyond all expectation
God embraced the creatures' state,
joined with flesh, took on our nature,
spanned the breach that seemed too great.
Down the ages searching prophets
promised that one day would spring
from the royal line of David
some Messiah, some great king.
Yet such gifts of faith and vision,
though they deepened, changed, and grew,
could not comprehend how truly
God was doing something new.
Adam's heir no less than David's,
Jesus claimed no princely place,
made his home among the humblest,
one with all the human race:
so the life of God's self-giving
knows no bounds of class or pride,
breaks down walls that separate us,
joins again what we divide.
Mold our lives by your love's pattern,
great Restorer of Our Peace;
shape and guide us by your Spirit
till our hate and warfare cease;
so renew our Maker's likeness
that our lives in truth may be
earth-born vessels of God's blessing:
love that serves, renews, sets free.