O Come O Come Emanuel

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

We are natural born seekers. Curiosity leads to questions and questions lead us to finding the answers. The song begins with the Israelites living in captivity and destined to exile. But what do we know of the Israelites who spent forty years wandering in the desert seeking something better. God was in every twist and turn, but many times they were too stubborn to recognize it was Him. Then there are the shepherds who found the newborn king in a stable? They also were seekers, who let their hearts lead them to Jesus. Are we seeking as the Israelites and not finding or are we aligning  ourselves with the shepherds, who sought and found?

Advent is a time for seeking. Our hearts are preparing for a season of joy and the beginnings of grace. As we prepare we can make the choice to seek and find.

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The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.
3 You have enlarged the nation
and increased their joy;
they rejoice before you
as people rejoice at the harvest,
as warriors rejoice
when dividing the plunder. Isaiah 9:2-3

Let us walk through Advent as the people who have seen the great light. Let us rejoice that the birth of one baby opened the doors for our own stories of grace and redemption.

Please join me each Sunday in Advent for a chance to look at scripture and a song to guide us in preparation for the the greatest birth and the unfolding of grace.

In grace and peace,

Mary

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