December 25

This is one of the first years, if not THE first year, that I have not been at my parents’ house for Christmas Eve. Even though we had an early Christmas this past weekend, it has still been hard to process not being there to listen to our friend Rich bounce on the piano, while my dad plays his flute and tries to keep up. I can imagine Garth’s chowder on the stove, ping pong in the basement, the christmas story being read in a living room full of love, and the awkward silence as dad asks for stories from the year… until one by one, friends and family come forth with the ways in which God has been moving through one and all of us.

And today, the hall is being prepared, potatoes are being peeled, and stuffing is being made in preparation for the Community Christmas Dinner, a tradition that my family started twelve years ago. For the past twelve years, every Christmas day has been spent preparing and serving food for those who don’t have a home to be at this Christmas. Tonight, that old UAC hall will ring with laughter and carols, as old friends and new gather once again.

It hurts not to be there this year, but I have to take solace in the fact that there will be more christmases like that, more friends and family gathered. And, God willing, we will be able to be there next year.

I’ve had this song in my head for a week now – it is my very favorite Christmas song.

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 Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny
From depths of Hell Thy people save
And give them victory o’er the grave
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.

O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, O come, Thou Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai’s height,
In ancient times did’st give the Law,
In cloud, and majesty and awe.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

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