Today is the first day of Advent, that season of waiting in anticipation of the coming of the Christ Child on Christmas. All too often, we miss the "reason for the season" and engage in the ever growing commercialism that Christmas has become and don't think on the actual waiting aspect. The ancient Jews anticipated the coming of the promised Messiah. This is the initial Advent of mankind and the one that we emulate during this season of Advent. For us Christians, we are anticipating the promised second coming of Jesus. We don't know when it will be, but we know it will happen eventually. And with that waiting, we need to not grow weary of the waiting but trust in God's promise and His timing. This is what the Advent Season is about.
In these modern times, we forget what waiting is like. Everything is instant and if it isn't then it will be in five minutes. The world seemingly turns based on our every whim. All to often, if we have to wait for something, we just forget about it.
So to celebrate this season of Advent, I am writing a String Quartet, which is a series of pieces of music, called movements, for two violins, a viola, and a cello. For each week of Advent I will write and upload one movement of this work to share. Each movement will be based on an attribute of the Advent Season: Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace. The first week's movement is based on Hope.
The aspect of Hope is for us to hold on to what God has promised, regardless of what else is happening in the world. God is steadfast in his promises to us and challenges us to be steadfast in our trust in Him. Of course we falter and do not always live up to that challenge perfectly, but we should always try to move closer to perfection. Our hope should pervade all oppressive situations when we might be tempted to give up.
This first movement opens with what I call a hopeful theme. It is characterized by long notes and a peaceful feel. Slowly this gives way to what I call doubt which is characterized by long sad and dissonant sounds. This is when the doubts of the world come in and cloud our vision and hope tends to fade away. During this doubt episode, the music becomes more and more lively and violent in an effort to kill off any hope that we may have had. But as doubt takes its final stabs it inevitably dies as the hope theme re-emerges. Hope in God and His promises is ultimately what keeps the faithful going. Without Hope, we cannot wait for we see nothing at the end of the tunnel.
I hope that you all enjoy it! I know that this may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I hope that you can hear what is being said through the music. Once I am done with the entire Advent String Quartet, I will try to find a way to publish the music for public performance.
Have a blessed Sunday! God bless!
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