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I love Christmas songs!  I listened to this song today as I drove home from work and found such meaning in the words.  Steven Curtis Chapman sings "Emmanuel" so beautifully. 

Since I'm an old fashioned gal at heart, I love the images on this video.  I'm the one who loves to watch the Walton's Thanksgiving and Christmas movies.  And by the way, I'm hoping for one of those Thomas Kinkade cottages for my home in heaven. :)

As I listen to the words of this song, it's so clear to me that Jesus fulfills the prophecy of the long awaited Messiah.  He is Emmanel, God with us.  How amazing is that?

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.

O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death's dark shadows put to flight.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

I'm joining up with Amy of Signs, Miracles and Wonders.

Blessings and love,

Debbie Petras
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  1. Thank you for sharing! What a great song! Thanks for sll you do to encourage others in their faith.

    God Bless you!


  2. This has been a favorite for
    some time. Steven's version
    is beautiful. Guess my very
    favorite will always be by
    Margaret Becker. Thanks for
    sharing today.
    Love & Hugs,

  3. Debbie - I can NOT even believe this year is coming to an end. We have gone through so much together and I feel like it just began. Where did an entire 12 months go?

    Yet, I think about all that God has done in both of our lives and every single day was used to bring us closer to Him. One moment at a time some days.

    I cherish you and can't wait to meet face to face.

    Would you be interested in coming to stay with us for a weekend? I would love to bring you out!!!! Scott and I would so enjoy just cuddling up and talking for hours about all that we shared!


  4. Beautiful video to go along with the music. He has definetly been with us this year but more so this week with all we have gone through.

  5. Oh so beautiful...and each song seems to have more and more meaning as I grow older. Blessings to you and I hope you had a good week!
    Now I am wanting to watch the Walton's Christmas...I don't think any of my children have ever seen the Waltons.
    Hugs and I hope you are singing your heart out!!

  6. Debbie,
    It would be nice to have a cottage beside yours and we can sit on our front porch swings and chat all we want. :-) This is one of my favorite songs at Christmas.

  7. Long time favorite Debbie, thanks for sharing!

  8. Enjoyed the song.
    The video is awesome.
    I too am a Walton's kinda girl.

  9. I've loved this song ever since I was a child. Beautiful.

  10. this is very good for you, ybg :)

  11. A beautiful song! Yes, let's rejoice, for our Savior is born!

    Living for Him, Joan

  12. Beautiful! May we ever be reminded to "rejoice"...always!


  13. Amen! My friend this is a beautiful song. It's always touched my heart.

    Love and Christmas blessings to you!

  14. This is just beautiful! I hadn't heard him sing this and it's especially meaningful as I just saw he and his wife give their testimony... I was so moved and blessed as they proclaimed thier faith through such a deep trial.

    Hope you've had a great week with lots of little people hugging you every day!

    One more, from me. :)

  15. hi debbie!

    that is one of my favorite songs. it
    expresses all the need for a deliver.

    thank you for your prayers for my
    friend's missing son . . . day 5.

  16. So beautiful...I'm trying to relax here as I only had 2 hours of sleep so far. To hear this just rejuvenates me, but especially the message..."God with us"...I am rejoicing with that truth!

    Thank you sister for encouraging me and I love what you wrote: that oftentimes, those people who hurt us are the ones hurting the most. So true...so true...

    Praying all is well. Cottage? Mansion sister! That's what He is offering! :) Love to you. Have a great week!

  17. I too love Christmas songs and this is one of my favorites. I am glad I foudn your lovley blog.

  18. This is one of my favorite Christmas hymns. Beautiful.

  19. I woke up this morning to closed churches and blizzard like conditions, so sitting here listening to this song was perfect. I also enjoyed your post on unwrapping Jesus! Merry Christmas to you!

  20. Beautiful music and video. Yes! How amazing He is and all that He does for us and what He represents.

    Blessings & Aloha!
    I also loved watching the Walton's...and taped the Thomas Kinkade story that came out on television to watch later.

  21. Oh Debbie, this song will always be among my favorite Christmas songs. I like Steven Curtis Chapman's version...and you are right, the pictures are all beautiful. You as an American have a great heritage...the pictures made me nostalgic for old times, and I'm not even from your country.

    Thomas Kinkade's paintings also touch my heart - I am sure he paints with a heavenly perspective.

    Thanks for sharing this today...


  22. How I love the music of the Christmas season - in fact, I love many of the songs that praise God. Actually, Saturday night I had a Christmas sing-along. Parents and children were all over my living room floor, singing the songs of the season, peppered with poems and little children performing piano clarinet solos, a special friend singing a special solo. It was a wonderful way to celebrate our Savior's birth.


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