O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
The lyrics of this song are haunting. Of all the Christmas music that we hear this time of year this one touches me more than any.
These words tell of our Messiah Jesus’ birth, that we celebrate at Christmas. But whenever I hear them, I think, as well, that they speak to his second coming. The song is almost mournful in its longing for fulfillment and they well up that feeling within me.
Longing for my Savior to come.