Thursday, December 29, 2011
Wait Till the Darkness Is Over
Year 2011 is almost done; let us end it with hope.
The kind of hope that when we look up, even in darkness, we see a castle in the clouds.
The kind of hope that despite all the disasters and death around us, the darkness will be over.
The kind of hope that is so eloquently woven in a Christmas song that children today may not know, Whispering Hope. In my youth, it was one of the most sung hymns in house-to-house caroling. In amateur singing contests, it was the choice piece of many contestants.
But even I have not thought of it for a long time, until last Sunday when I heard it over the car radio. I sang along and for the first time, I heard the lyrics clearly. Beautiful phrases:
Soft as the voice of an angel . . .
Wait till the darkness is over,
Wait till the tempest is gone.
Hope for the sunshine tomorrow,
After the shower is gone.
It was written in 1868 by Septimus Winner, a prolific songwriter (Ten Little Injuns, Listen to the Mockingbird) who released much of his work under the pseudonym, Alice Hawthorne.
The text of Whispering Hope appears to be based on the scriptures:
Hebrews 6:19: “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain . . .”
1Thessaloninans 5:8, “But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.”
Hebrews 12:1, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us . . .”
Yes, the darkness will be over. Lord, please grant us grace to wait with peace and patience.