December 20, 2009

Advent, week 4...

Take some time this Christmas season to listen closely to the words of the carols we sing. Maybe reading it in poem form will help you see what Christ did in a new way. May it draw you to thankfulness for the Savior you have.

O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Latin hymn, trans. by John M. Neale
O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.

O come, O come, Thou Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai's height,
In ancient times didst give the law
In cloud and majesty and awe.

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan's tyranny;
From depths of hell Thy people save
And give them vict'ry o'er the grave.

O come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer
Our Spirits by Thine advent here;
O drive away the shades of night
And pierce the clouds and bring us light.

O come, Thou Key of David, come
And open wide our heav'nly home
Where all thy saints with Thee shall dwell--
O come, O come, Emmanuel!

Rejoice! rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

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