This hymn comes from the Worship Fourth Edition hymnal by GIA Publications and was totally unknown to me. I was browsing the Advent section and this stood out to me as a simply gorgeous tune. The text was written by Jeanette M. Lindholm and set to the tune by Richard Proulx. One full verse introduction and 3 verses, followed immediately by an improvised meditation in which I drew on the word "Mysterious" in the title. I've upgraded my license, interface and computer since my last upload.
1. Unexpected and mysterious is the gentle word of grace
Ever-loving and sustaining is the peace of God's embrace.
If we falter in our courage and we doubt what we have known,
God is faithful to console us as a mother tends her own.
2. In a momentary meeting of eternity and time,
Mary learned that she would carry both the mortal and divine.
Then she learned of God's compassion, of Elizabeth's great joy,
And she ran to greet the woman who would recognize her boy.
3. We are called to ponder myst'ry and await the coming Christ,
To embody God's compassion for each fragile human life.
God is with us in our longing to bring healing to the earth,
While we watch with joy and wonder for the promised Savior's birth.
Although I started this as a congregational hymn suitable for a quieter and slower part of the Mass, it sort of took on a life of it's own. I hope you enjoy the result.