In the musical, Westside Story, Tony and Maria sing the classic song of a dreamy vision of hope, Somewhere.
There's a place for us, somewhere a place for us. Peace and quiet and open air, Wait for us, Somewhere!
During the season of Advent, Christians liturgically proclaim their dreamy vision of hope. The prophet Isaiah announces the Somewhere promised by God:
A voice cries out; "In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, every mountain shall be made low...
Whether it's biblical times, Westside Story's warring gang times, or the close of 2014, our hearts yearn with the hope of Somewhere.
The Christmas story places that hope in the light of a star that shone over Bethlehem, a bright radiant light that pierced the darkness of our world. During Advent we witness that light fulfilling a promise made in the prophet Micah.
"But you, Bethlehem, only a small village in Judah, yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are from a distant past ... And He will stand to lead His flock with the Lord's strength ... Then His people will live undisturbed, for He will be highly honored all around the world. And He will be the source of our peace."
-Micah 5:2, 4-5
Where is the Somewhere of hope and who prepares this highway in the wilderness that provides comfort and hope to God's people? In Bethlehem, in the manger, in the Christ child.
Prayer for Today
Shine your light of hope in our world, O Lord and spread the good news throughout the land. Through the radiant light of Christ, conquer the darkness of our times and bring peace and hope to all people. In His name we pray. Amen.