December 1 – Hymn #211 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
A brief history of this hymn tells us that lyrics were likely written in the 9th century and were found in Latin first. They were discovered by Rev. John Mason Neale in the 19th century. He was a pastor who was sent to Africa to do his work and considered an evangelical outcast. He built an orphanage, a school for girls, and a refuge for prostitutes. When we consider his work with the those on the margins, and read or listen to this hymn, we might imagine his desire to see mercy for all people.
Prayer: O Come Emmanuel, God with us, we need you to change our hearts to see one another as you see us. Amen.