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For Christians, "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" is a much-loved hymn sung during the Advent season, expressing hope in the coming of God's promised savior.
Sometimes, as this week's scripture readings remind us, we let the season of Advent become a whirl of buying gifts, decorating the house, going to parties and other activities. Instead of bringing joy, all this can actually heighten our anxiety.
That's when we need slow down and remember Emmanuel. The very meaning of "Emmanuel" is "God with us."
Meditate on this in the busy days ahead and turn to God to relieve your anxieties.
Then think about how you might be "Emmanuel" to someone in need this season. The poor. The sick. The lonely. As Sunday’s second reading instructs us – "increase and abound in love for one another."