This Is One Of My Favorite Christmas Songs. What Is Yours?

O Come, O Day-spring from on high
And cheer us by your drawing nigh;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadow put to flight.

O Come, Desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of human kind;
O bid our sad divisions cease,
And be for us our King of Peace.

The above are verse 6 and 7 of the great Christmas carol, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. They express the deepest desires of Christians during the Advent season. They express the recognition of the Christ as the One who we are waiting for who will push back the darkness and gloom of that is the consequence of our sins. They express the knowledge and the hope in Jesus who is the light, the dawn that drives the darkness of night away. He is the One who removes the fear of Death from us with his loving forgiveness.

Jesus is known as the One desired by all of humanity, as the only One who can bind us together in our natural brotherhood. He is the One who gives us the means, the Way, the Truth and the Life that will turn our hearts away from the foolish divisions that keep us apart. He is the Source and Goal of our peace.

These verses express our deepest dreams and the fact that though we can dream of peace, we can not bring it about by our own will. Our peace, the Peace that is eternal, can only come from the infinite Will and grace of God. Jesus is that Peace, then, now, and forever.

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Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site blog.