Jesus our Immanuel

"Mild He lays His glory by;
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth,
born to give them second birth.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see,
Hail the Incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with men to dwell,
Jesus our Immanuel.
Pleased as man with men to dwell,
Jesus our Immanuel."
As I drove into work a couple days ago, Rend Collective's joyful, ringing rendition of this song came on the radio. I was singing along loudly and, as happens at random, I started to actually pay attention to the lyrics. This verse struck me as incredibly comforting and just as humbling and beautiful. Immanuel: God with Us.

I pray that this Christmas, you are surrounded by the knowledge and love of Immanuel. Jesus as Man. Laying His glory by so that we may no longer die but live with Him in eternity. The truth of this Savior for our shipwrecked lives is the thing that gives me joy this Christmas. Not time spent with family, beautiful as that is. Certainly not presents - as I write this post, I haven't even finished shopping. Not the fact that life is beautiful - I mean, it is but there are so many problems in the world it can be hard to understand how we are to go on. No, what gives me joy and fills me an unspeakable peace is this clarion-call to Life: veiled in flesh the Godhead see, hail the Incarnate Deity pleased as man with men to dwell: Jesus our Immanuel.

Merry Christmas, darlings. May His peace and comfort rest upon you this holiday.