December 24, 2021

O Come, Emmanuel


Do not forsake me, O Lord; O my God, do not be far from me.

Psalm 38:21
"O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,"
I pray with upraised eyes.
Drop down, O Dew of Heaven,
that God might walk and talk on earth,
might heal and feed our sin-soaked world.
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,
my prayers like searchlights
comb the starry winter skies,
Descend from the black hole of some neighboring galaxy
to green with your grace
our barren earth.
Such an Advent waiting prayer
can be a lifelong profession of patient longing
unless I know, with all my heart,
that Emmanuel not only comes down
but also comes forth and emerges.
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Drop down, O Dew of ✙
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them.
 Luke 1:68
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,
come forth from deep within me
with Christmas luminous beauty.
For my heart has become the sacred crib
the birthing place of God-among-us.

Peace on earth and justice for all
will only become manifest in our lives
when enough of your sons and daughters
awaken to your divine design
that has made each of us
an emerging Emmanuel.
 Edward Hays, Prayers of a Planetary Pilgrim
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

The song starts at 1:19—
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