For all of us, the rhythm of Advent is rooted in music. It surrounds us in stores, gets formatted into playlists, or can be overheard in the quiet hum or whistle of a stranger.
And music punctuates the advent story, too. Mary sings when she is told of her incomparable role in all of human history. Zechariah, when his tongue is loosed upon the birth of his son John, sings first – of all things! – not about his own flesh and blood, but about Mary's child yet to be born. And, of course, the angels sing with soul-filling power to drive the feet of shepherds off the hillside and into town. So we will center on the Songs of Advent, and allow the God of creation to fill us with hope, peace, joy and love.