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Saturday, December 6, 2014

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.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, thou Dayspring, come and cheer
our spirits by thine advent here;
disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
and death’s dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” (tune: Veni Emmanuel)
from Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal

Advent is where the majesty of God greets us in the dawning Light of Love signaling us to come, to come at daybreak to meet God in that sacred space, a space for all. Arriving in that space gifts us with newness, new morning eyes, a new heart. The Light awesomely dawns.

The coming of Emmanuel, as presented in the words of this favorite Advent hymn, is in stark contrast to the darkness viewed each day in the every venue of our media bombardment. Out of our consciousness of the ugly, the call to all people to come, to rejoice no less, to come one, come all. The call is startling, magnetizing. The call to come opens wide, makes safe, disperses gloom. Come; find safe haven in being the gifted human God intended us to be, loving the other as we love ourselves.

And the call continues, follow me.

God becomes one with us to teach us the majesty of living as God's children, living and loving one another. Emmanuel gives us every reason to rejoice, to live in gratitude, to live in the contrast of God's gift, Dayspring, the dawning Light of Love.

Come, revel in the goodness of God, the miracle of being human, the Advent of God's Love made flesh. Come, and cheer, follow, open wide, make safe, disperse the gloom.


May gratefulness be our daily response to your stunning new vision of life and love in the coming of Emmanuel, God with us. Let us rejoice. Amen.

Written by Ruth Beckman, Member of Fourth Presbyterian Church

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