Wednesday, December 23, 2009

O Emmanuel

by Stephen Crippen

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December 23

O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel, who mourns in lowly exile here until the Son of God appears.

God-with-us: an infant nurses at her mother's breast, both of them so luminous that even the baby wipes are caught up in the Holy. God-with-us: a night chaplain sits with a family as they stagger under the weight of tragedy. God-with-us: a young father, a modern Christ-bearer, shades his newborn daughter's face from the bright sun as he rushes her to the car. God-with-us: a woman in detox awakens from her nightmare and discovers that she is not alone. God-with-us: "O great mystery, that farm animals witnessed the birth of the Christ child!" God as God-with-us.

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