This is a new-to-me Advent hymn written by Sally Ann Morris and Mary Louise Bringle, modern hymn writers from North Carolina. Bringle wrote The God of Thinness, questioning the modern church’s “Greek” attitude toward health and fitness and calling for a new view of the sin of gluttony.

Bringle has won a number of awards for her hymns. The Morris-Bringle pairing is particularly known for topical hymns, songs focusing on issues like the environment and human rights.

The idea of walking in darkness until Christ brings light is a common theme in Advent. We sang this in church yesterday and I was impressed by the boisterous pleasure people took in singing it. Not the usual feeling of a hymn based on this scripture.


The people who walk in darkness
Will see a great light
For those who live in the land
Of the shadow of death
The light will dawn

You will enlarge the nation
And increase their joy
So they delight in Your presence
As they will rejoice
At harvest time

For to us a child is born
To us a Son is given
And the government
Will be upon His shoulders
Of His government and peace
There will always be increase
There is no end to His kingdom

He will be called Wonderful
Counselor Mighty God
Everlasting Father Prince of Peace
(Repeat)
The Prince of Peace

The people who walk in darkness
Will see a great light
For those who live in the land
Of the shadow of death
The light will dawn

For to us a child is born
To us a Son is given
And the government
Will be upon Your shoulders
Come to break our yoke of grief
The bar across our shoulders
Lord smash the rod of our oppressors

You will be called Wonderful
Counselor Mighty God
Everlasting Father Prince of Peace
(Repeat)
The Prince of Peace

I finished up my Christmas shopping at the Alternative Market and came home to knit Christmas presents. I’m not at all sure that I will finish the gifts I’ve planned. Today is my second surgery, so I will definitely miss out on some knitting opportunity today. Not to mention work. But then I will be able to see well. That’s a good trade off. Light, even.