Advent Week 4 - O Come O Come Emmanuel!

Christmas is getting close, so close it’s almost upon us.  We may be scurrying around in our preparations for whatever we’re doing on “the day”.  Some of us may be in a state of lament or worry, or sadness as a year closes, and disappointments in our life come to the forefront.

Verse Six of our Advent Hymn, O Come, O Come Emmanuel is here to encourage us forward in hope:

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

In this wonderful song we sing different attributes that Emmanuel, God among us, Jesus takes on in coming to us in his incarnation:

1. Emmanuel, 2. Wisdom, 3. Lord of Might, 4. Branch of Jesse, 5. Key of David, 6. Dayspring, 7. Desire of Nations, 8. Emmanuel.

I pray this week as you continue to prepare for Christmas that the Dayspring, the one who disperses the gloomy clouds in our lives, the one who conquered death so we could have eternal life will encourage you to connect with him, live in peace, empower you to live into his joy, so that no earthly discouragement will weigh you down.  Our Lord has this uncanny ability to bring good things even from our deepest hurts and disappointments.  Take heart, allow him in his good and perfect timing to heal your hurts and vindicate you in joy.

Above all; “let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” - Colossians 3:15

Know your friends in Christ are here to share the joy of The Dayspring, take heart and be of good cheer.  God is with you, and for you in the power of his Holy Spirit.  Rejoice, rejoice, people of God!

A blessed Christmas to you -
Joe Acanfora+