rejoice!

o come, o come Emmanuel, and ransom captive israel, that mourns in lonely exile here until the son of God appear.

rejoice! rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, o israel.

o come, thou rod of jesse, free thine own from satan’s tyranny; from depths of hell thy people save, and give them victory o’er the grave.

o come, thou dayspring, come and cheer our spirits with thine advent here; disperse the gloomy clouds of night, and death’s dark shadows put to flight.

o come, thou key of david, come and open wide out heavenly home; make safe they way that leads on nigh, and close the path to misery.

o come, desire of nations, bind in one the hearts of all mankind; bid thou our sad divisions cease, and be thyself our King of Peace.

rejoice! rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, o israel.

what a holiday yesterday was! christmas eve here in southwest oklahoma was a snowed-in one, with power outages and the use of quite a few flashlights. :) christmas day was filled with pilfering through stocking stuffers, plugging in numerous AA batteries into my nieces’ new toys, and cooking a delicious dinner with help from my sister and sister-in-law. despite the blizzard and the sketchy road conditions brought with it, both my brother and sister’s families were able to make it down to the country to celebrate together. we, as a family, have more than we could ever ask for: love and laughter, a mother whose fight with cancer this winter has been nothing but a blessed one, and God with us. He is Emmanuel, the Word made flesh. prophecy foretold His arrival, and yet He was the Messiah few expected or recognized. may we celebrate each day how You came and walked in our skin.

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