All the Earth is Hopeful

Date posted: Tuesday 20 December 2022

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him,
so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13 (NIV)

In this Advent season, All the Earth is Hopeful (ELW #266), seems to connect this time of preparation for Christ’s birth and our walk with the members, staff, and students of the ILAG. Originally written in Spanish by Barcelona priest and composer, Alberto Taulé; the lively accompaniment now supports these English lyrics also.


All earth is hopeful, the Savior comes at last!
Furrows lie open for God's creative task:
this, the labor of people who struggle to see
how God's truth and justice set ev'rybody free.


People of Israel, you heard the prophet tell:
"A virgin mother will bear Emmanuel";
she conceived him, "God with us," our brother, whose birth
restores hope and courage to children of this earth.


Mountains and valleys will have to be prepared;
new highways opened, new protocols declared.
Almost here! God is nearing, in beauty and grace!
All clear ev'ry gateway, in haste, come out in haste!


We first saw Jesus a baby in a crib.
This same Lord Jesus today has come to live
in our world; he is present, in neighbors we see
our Jesus is with us, and ever sets us free.


Hope in this same Lord Jesus is present in our partnership with the ILAG as we:

  • Pray for one another for truth and justice, equality, safety, health, and economic stability.
  • Build relationships with each other sharing our stories, love, joy, peace, kindness, and hope.
  • Share in the joy as lives are changed and when collaborative projects are completed that will improve the quality of lives.


Click here for an ILAG update on a variety of ministries’ places and people…you'll see hope there, too! Somos uno en Cristo.


All the Earth is Hopeful. Contributors: Alberto Taulé, David Cherwin. © 2016. Birnamwood Publications. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-737587. All rights reserved.