Blurry cell phone picture taken so that I could look up the answer at home. Friend leaned across counter at Starbucks and asked as we awaited our Peppermint Mochas and received the answer immediately: so be it.
Further internet searching reveals duplicate meanings: verily
or the more common: truly.
How wonderfully fitting that we end our prayers with this word, confirming that yes, so be it, verily, truly, You are our God and we offer You praise.
I love this season we've entered in, the season of Advent. Four weeks of waiting, anticipating, and celebrating our God's arrival on this earth, and also waiting and anticipating His return. It is only fitting that this season - no - HIS SEASON be celebrated with festive lights and decoration, beautiful songs and opportunities to be with friends and family as His peace covers us all. Amen.
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.