O Come O Come Emmanuel

I didn't grow up following the Advent calendar, but for the last 5 or so years, it's become such a meaningful and helpful process for me in truly being able to celebrate Christmas, without feeling like it just came and went. We get the chance to wait...to long...to sit with the expectation of Christmas morning. This song, "O Come O Come Emanuel" is my favorite song to sing during this season, so I'm sharing it with you all with three candles lit, representing the (almost) third week of Advent. 

I love how this song is filled with longing. With it, we remember the Israelite's longing for the the coming Messiah, but we also sing with a longing for Christ to return. To come back, rid the earth of evil and darkness, and restore everything back to the way it was intended. 

The third verse is my prayer for us all this Christmas:

"O come, Desire of nations, bind
All people in one heart and mind
Bid envy, strife, and quarrels cease
Fill all the world with heaven's peace"

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas season!