An Advent Tapestry–All is Well

Madonna and Child detail by Pompeo Batoni

Our church’s Christmas Eve service gives us opportunity to choose favorite Christmas carols to share with the congregation.   This discovery came thanks to an online friend and is a serene hymn that you can hear here

All is Well

Words: Wayne Kirkpatrick
Music: Michael W. Smith

All is well all is well
Angels and men rejoice
For tonight darkness fell
Into the dawn of love’s light
Sing A-le
Sing Alleluia
All is well all is well
Let there be peace on earth
Christ is come go and tell
That He is in the manger
Sing A-le
Sing Alleluia

All is well all is well
Lift up your voice and sing
Born is now Emmanuel
Born is our Lord and Savior
Sing Alleluia
Sing Alleluia
All is well

Born is now Emmanuel
Born is our Lord and Savior
Sing Alleluia
Sing Alleluia
All is well

 

This song is reminiscent of the words written by Julian of Norwich in 1393 as she wrote of faith in her long work “Showings” also known as “Revelations of Divine Love”:

Ah, good Lord, how could all things be well, because of the great
harm which has come through sin to your creatures?
And so our good Lord answered
all the questions and doubts which I could raise,
saying most comfortingly:

I make all things well,
and I can make all things well,
and I shall make all things well,
and I will make all things well;

and you will see for yourself
that every kind of thing will be well.

…And in these words God wishes us
to be enclosed in rest and peace. (229)

 

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