November has ended, so that rough draft I’ve been working on gets to be filed away for now so I can turn my attention elsewhere. Today is December 1st, which carries excitement of it’s own, because it marks the first day of Advent. I wrote my last post about traditions and intentionality, and Advent is a very central part of that. What better way to teach children (and remind ourselves) what Christmas is truly celebrating then to spend the 24 days leading up to it in contemplation and intentional action? With every candle we light there is an aspect of the story of the birth of our Savior that is illuminated, we seek to keep the truth at the forefront of our minds and to remind ourselves not only what Christmas is about, but really, what life is about. Twenty-four days of preparing our hearts begins today, with a climactic finish as we celebrate the birth of our Savior. I’ll be writing a post a day as my own little Advent celebration, and I’ll begin today with my favorite Christmas song. I love O, Come, O Come Emmanuel for a number of reasons, most of all because it is ancient, and you can hear the echo of generations of Christians in every line.
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, Thou Wisdom from on high,
And order all things, far and nigh;
To us the path of knowledge show,
And cause us in her ways to go.
O come, desire of nations, bind
All peoples in one heart and mind;
bid envy, strife and quarrels cease;
Fill the whole world with heaven’s peace.
O come, Thou Dayspring, come and
Our spirits by Thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
May the celebration begin!