Friday, December 23, 2011

O Emmanuel

Immanuel - God With Us, by James Seward

O Emmanuel, our king and our Lord,
 The anointed for the nations and their Savior:
Come and save us, O Lord our God.

"Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel." (Isa 7:14)  Emmanuel: God with Us.  Jesus the Christ is present, here and now, dwelling within us, always present to us.

Let us pray, this day, that we be present to God's presence. May we pull back the shades that darken our lives and hold us captive so that the Light of Christ may come and renew us each day.

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.

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