O Come, O Come, Emmanuel – My 25 Favorite Christmas Songs (Dec 7)

I’ll be honest, I opened up WordPress at about 10 am this morning, determined to get this post written early.



Yeah, right.

It’s now 5:30 pm. Whee.

Hang on, I have to finish mixing the french bread for dinner.

Five hours later…

Oops. Looks like I did everything but this blog post this evening.

I won’t lie… I was pumped and ready to do this post this morning.

And then the day started, and things just kept happening.

Discouraging things.

We’re going on Day 4 of Hubby down with what we’re pretty sure is the flu.

nd we’re on to Day 3 of “Rebekah Sleeps on the Sofa In An Attempt to NOT Get the Flu” (so far successful).

I’m ready for Hubby to not be miserable.

And I’m ready to sleep back in my bed. At least we have a long enough sofa that I can actually stretch out all the way.

Did I mention that I got all the Christmas decor out of the attic on Friday, and our pre-lit tree that worked just fine last year… is now half-dead. I spent part of this evening changing fuses and fiddling with light bulbs, all to no improvement.

On this second Sunday of Advent, all I have wanted to do is sit down and cry.

Today’s song, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, is a song of promise. Redemption hasn’t come yet. Israel is still in exile, and then they will be under Roman rule. The Messiah is a fanciful wish.

A wish with a promise.

Sometimes the promise is the hardest thing to remember, though, when you’re stuck in one hard or hopeless situation after another.

O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

Tonight, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel is my wish, my hope, my prayer.

I will ransom them from the power of Sheol.
I will redeem them from death!
Death, where are your plagues?
Sheol, where is your destruction?

Hosea 13:14a WEB

Do you have a Christmas song that has become something that feeds you hope on hard days during this season?


Recent Comments

  • Maria Zannini
    December 8, 2014 - 7:10 am · Reply

    I’m sorry your hubby is sick. I had something miserable like that not long ago and it took me weeks to recover. Glad that’s over.

    Re: french bread
    I’ll bet you bake great bread! I’m going to try French bread today too. I’m not a bread maker so it’s always a crap shoot when I bake. 🙂

    • Rebekah Loper
      December 9, 2014 - 9:17 pm · Reply

      Hah, bread is actually one of the things that can be tricky for me. Sometimes, it’s amazing. Most of the time, it’s good. And then we have the flops… which occur far too often.

      Cooking I got. Baking is hit or miss, lol.

  • heylookawriterfellow
    December 9, 2014 - 9:10 am · Reply

    I’m so sorry to hear that you have quite a few obstacles in the way of your Christmas cheer. At the very least your hubby will be all better by the time Christmas rolls around. Keep healthy my friend — and don’t let the crazy trappings of the holiday get you down.

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Rebekah Loper writes character-driven epic fantasy featuring resilient women in trying and impossible circumstances who just want to save themselves but usually end up saving the world, often while falling in love.
She lives in Tulsa, OK with her husband, dog, two formerly feral cats, a small flock of feathered dragons (...chickens. They're chickens), and an extensive tea collection. When she's not writing, she battles the Oklahoma elements in an effort to create a productive, permaculture urban homestead.