O Come, O Come Emmanuel

madonna_with_the_fish_fsToday in morning worship we sang the popular Christmas hymn “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.”  A hymn that I have sung more times than I can remember without ever really thinking about what I am singing.  Today I was struck by the fourth verse of this song which says,

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.

Hope is the theme of the first day of advent (which starts today) and hope is what we sing in this fourth verse of O Come Emmanuel.  The hope that there is a better home, that sickness,sadness, and pain will be felt no more, the hope that Emmanuel comes to close the path to misery.  Jesus did not come so that we could give each other presents each year or to get a great deal on a flat screen television  he came so that we could have life and true joy.  KBF

Rejoice! Rejoice!

Emmanuel shall come to thee,

O Israel.