I love Christmas Eve! The sense of expectation is so strong that it colours everything that happens. I discovered after some reflection this year that my favorite Christmas carols are the ones that show what it would have been like waiting for a Saviour to be born.
Here are two of my favorite lines:
"Long lay the world in sin and error pining/ Til He appeared/ and the soul felt its worth/ A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices" ~ O Holy Night
"O come, O come Emmanuel/ and ransom captive Israel/ that mourns in lonely exile here/ Until the Son of God appears/ Rejoice,Rejoice Emmanuel Shall come to thee O Israel" ~ O come, O come Emmanuel
Although I can't go backwards in time to know what loneliness and longing the Israelites would have felt while waiting for the most important event in history to happen, I feel that sense of expection every time I hear these songs. I am so glad that Emmanuel has come and that He is here. That means that anything is possible for me, for my family and for the world. I heard a beautiful name for God when an aboriginal elder prayed a few days ago "Great mystery". Now I know that God has revealed his character through His Son, but He still has an aura of mystery about Him. He is huge, larger than anything I can wrap my mind around and that makes Him mysterious. My blog is named Magic and Mystery for a reason. I love the sense of wonder that the world has to offer. Take some time to think on the "Great Mystery" tonight as celebrate His arrival to the world tomorrow. Christmas blessings to you all and to all a good night.
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