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.
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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?
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2 comments:

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

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  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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