The Desert Will Burst into Bloom by Douglas R. Spangler

COMPOSER NOTES:

When Teresa Kasperick-Postellon asked me in 2018 if I would be willing to write a song based on Isaiah 35:2 for the Ypsilanti-based Family Life Services Gala in 2019, I began reflecting on the text and also on the work that FLS does to help children and families.  These reflections were blended with my preparations for Christmas and the trials that we all experience in life.  These four things combined to inspire this song which at its heart has a very simple message: In the past, when God wanted to show us his love, he sent us a child.  Today, it is my hope that as we dedicate ourselves, like FLS, to taking care of the least of God’s children, we will be drawn deeper into the mystery of God’s love. Then, the “desert” of our life will “burst into bloom” and we will experience God’s peace and joy.

Douglas R. Spangler

The Desert Will Burst into Bloom

Verse 1    Can we find peace in our work and our toil?

Can we find joy surrounded by pain?

Without God’s love, we are like barren soil.

We are a desert without rain.

 

Refrain     In his love, God sent us a child:

Prince of Peace, our Savior and King.

The desert will burst into bloom;

It will rejoice greatly and sing.

 

Verse 2    God’s presence gives peace in our toil;

God’s presence gives joy in our pain.

God’s presence gives life to the soil;

God’s presence is like the rain.

 

Bridge      Our God has appeared on the earth, and lived among us.

All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

 

Refrain     In his love, God sent us a child:

Prince of Peace, our Savior and King.

The desert will burst into bloom;

It will rejoice greatly and sing.

 

Text:  The bridge before the final refrain is the exact text of the Communion Antiphons for the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph and the Christmas Mass during the Day from The Roman Missal © 2010, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation.  All rights reserved.

Remaining Text (inspired by Isaiah 35:2) and Music:  Douglas R. Spangler, © 2018, Douglas R. Spangler.  All rights reserved.  Dedicated to Teresa Kasperick-Postellon

 

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