Can we imagine singing to the men in the Bible stories of Jesus’ birth, “God rest ye merry gentlemen”? Were they merry? In the original carol, there was a comma after “merry.” God rest ye merry, gentlemen! We are invited to rest in a “merry” way. Rest is hard to come by for gentlemen, gentlewomen, all of us really. But there’s something at the heart of Advent about God giving us rest and the merry joy of resting in God.
—James C. Howell, Why This Jubilee? Advent Reflections on Songs of the Season (Upper Room Books, 2015)
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You show me the path of life.
In your presence there is fullness of joy;
in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
—Psalm 16:11 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
O come, O come, Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to thee, O Israel.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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