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At the end of this first week of Advent, we make our prayer boldly for Jesus to come, bringing power and glory, healing and hope, justice and reconciliation. This hymn, composed by accomplished Korean musician Kōn-yong Yi (alt. Geon-yong Lee), draws on Yi’s longing for, and active work toward, reunification of the Korean peninsula. Its lyrics call on Christ as reconciler, and on God’s people to be reconciled, to be one body, so that the nations may also be reconciled.
The petitions are addressed to God through a variety of names: “Prince of Peace,” “God of Love,” “God our Savior,” and “Hope of Unity.” Each of these names recognizes the authority and attributes of Jesus—bringer of wholeness and healing, of shalom. Is there someone with whom you need to reconcile? Take time this Advent to consider how, as one set free by God, you can seek reconciliation in your own life. How might you offer support and encouragement to others in need of reconciliation?
Come Now, O Prince of Peace—Author/Composer: Geonyong Lee. Copyright © 1990 Geonyong Lee, LLC. Exclusive North American agent: GIA Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.