The Lord Our Righteousness (First Sunday of Advent)

See among the broken branches,
See amidst the withered stalks;
See below the rotting roots, the
Cut-down trunks and stumps.

See beside the barren fig-tree,
See where buds shrink and abandoned,
Worthless fields turn fallow with us;
See inside our failing garden:

See the branch of Jesse growing,
Slowly, slowly, growing with us;
See the promise bursting forth from
Fields we would have left to die.

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