Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas on Purpose: Sing

I was having a particularly stressful moment yesterday.  We were doing the crazy ballet runaround that we do every Wednesday, and our leaving was delayed over misplaced shoes and undressed girls.  I was wound tight.  Really tight.
But as we were driving home the song O Come, O Come Emmanuel came on.  I turned it louder and sang along.
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 Wisdom from on high,
Who orderest all things mightily;
To us the path of knowledge show,
And teach us in her ways to go.
O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
From depths of hell Thy people save,
And give them victory over the grave.
O come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by 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 our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
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 I did. I’ve heard the words many times, I’ve sung along.  But on this night I sang with feeling.  And as my voice said the words my heart caught up.  O come Emmanuel…..Ransom me, disperse the darkness.  Come.
And that stress dissolved.  And I wondered if maybe Buddy the Elf was really on to something, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” 
I want to sing more.  My imperfect voice loving my perfect king, and my wrong attitudes set right.
I’ll be singing today, singing Silent Night, Joy to the World, O Come all ye Faithful, and more.  Singing and praising my king.  How about you?


  1. singing ALWAYS lightens my load, makes my heart glad.

  2. ha! just posted on these very same lyrics!! you know i love that song. i'm really not trying to copy you, i promise. tonight we were to get our tree, but we changed the plans to allow my daughter to go with a friend to a caroling get together. she was ecstatic and came home full of the joy of singing. i was blessed to see her so blessed by singing Christmas carols.


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