O Come

“O Come Emmanuel” is one of my favorite Christmas hymns.

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.

I imagine the nation of Israel crying out for hundreds of years waiting on the promised One.

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”    Isaiah 9:6

The promise was kept.

Jesus came. Emmanuel.

He is here. God with us.

Jesus, come into our world. Come and change our hearts. Come into our brokenness and apathy. Come and shine your light into our darkness.

The One who has come now asks us to come.

He invites us to peace and rest. Even now.

Especially now.

In the midst of the decorating and parties, Christmas programs and overindulging. In the traffic, long lines and shopping malls. In the middle of our desire to give out happiness in perfectly wrapped boxes. …….He asks us to come.

Come and reflect on the miracle of God becoming man. Come and remember the sweetest moments and seasons of our lives. Come and follow Him with all our hearts.

Jesus says, “Come.”

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30

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  1. dawnlizjones on December 7, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Oh, huge blessings on you and fam this holiday!!!

  2. Simple Joys on December 8, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    A beautiful reflective reminder of what this season is about. Thank you x

    • mariegriffith on December 8, 2016 at 6:42 pm

      Thank you Vanessa! Many blessings to you and yours.

  3. encounters on December 10, 2016 at 1:13 am

    It is my favourite Advent hymn, I have always likened the tune to what I think is a Jewish tune yet I have never been in a synagogue at all.
    For me it is about all that is possible when Christ is among us hence we await his coming. Thank you for the reflection.

    • mariegriffith on December 10, 2016 at 7:22 am

      Thank you for your thoughts. I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas.

      • encounters on December 12, 2016 at 12:36 pm

        Thank you for the wishes, may God bless you and your family this Christmas and in the coming new year.

  4. woodcanvasartist on December 11, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Great hymn and Merry Christmas!

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