Friday, November 27, 2009


O come, o come Emanuel
And ransome captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appears
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emanuel shall come to thee o Israel...

I love this song. I believe it is very fitting for Advent -- waiting expectantly for the arrival of the Christ child; believing that arrival will be a time of great rejoicing.

Tomorrow is the first Sunday in Advent, and so I will begin waiting; anticipating; believing.

We drove to a Christmas tree farm today after an enjoyable Thanksgiving #4 with my brother and his family. I know in a matter of hours, the house will be filled with the fragrant aroma of pine trees. I love that smell; it makes me feel happy.

As we listened to Christmas music on the drive there, I fought back the dark feelings that seem to ambush me during this time of year. I said, no, I don't want to feel that way.

On the way home, THIS song came on the radio. "Hey, your favorite song," my husband said, turning up the volume.

I smiled and sang along.

I will choose to rejoice.

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