Somehow right around this time of year, it begins to seem appropriate to withdraw as often as possible into the quiet of our hearts and invite in the Lord’s Presence, especially in song wherever appropriate. [Advent cannot arrive quickly enough for me!]
We find ourselves in a “space between two worlds” – the one where the Messiah has not yet made His presence known, and the one where He is arriving, and so we pray with our songs, inviting His entrance into our heart and life.
This is a sacred and solemn time of year, looking forward to the times of gratitude in the Thanksgiving holiday, but also in gratitude for the Greatest Gift of the Savior. This is a very ancient hymn, dating back as far as the 12th century, based upon Isaiah 7:14 – “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” In type, the “virgin” may mean the one who is spiritually single hearted toward God, to whom comes Immanuel, or Emmanuel, means “God with us”.
I recorded this awhile back. Hope it will bless you, as you invite in the Spirit of Christ to abide with you during this time of year – a descent into winter’s darkness in so many ways. May Christ bring you His light!
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