On this fourth Sunday of Advent, I share with you this version of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”:
I first saw this in my church a few weeks ago and loved the diverse representations of the gospel. Even more than our culturally-laden understanding of Jesus born in the bleak midwinter (which we certainly feel today in the mountains!), this video captures the global truth of Christ’s coming.
O come, Thou Key of David, come, / And open wide our heavenly home.
In church today, we spent the first part of the morning clearing sidewalks and shoveling snow. One man walked 45 minutes to make it to church. My brother made 3 trips in the Explorer to take everyone from our street down to the church.
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night / And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
After shoveling and salting, we gathered inside and sang, prayed, and heard the Scripture proclaimed.
O come, O come, Thou Lord of might, / Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai’s height,
In ancient times did’st give the Law, / In cloud, and majesty and awe.
Children squirmed and joined their parents in the choir loft. Out-of-town guests joined the hardy souls who braved the frigid weather. The informal service was sparsely attended, but full of the presence of the saints.
God is with us. Emmanuel.
Nota bene: If you would like to purchase a higher-quality version of the video, you can download it at FaithVisuals.com.