Monday, December 3, 2012

You Can Find Hope in the Madness

Oh come oh come Emmanuel
And ransom stressed out shoppers in their fight
Don't let the tinsel, trappings and the light
Detract from celebrating what is real
Our savior is Whom we should honor here

He came to save the lost and despaired
Not make us spend more than we should have dared
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Peace can be found this year
Just let go of what you once held so dear

Oh come oh come Emmanuel
Release us from what Christmas has become
And help us celebrate the ONE
whose coming brought the hope and the light
And deserves our worship this and every night.


Here's the melody of this old hymn if you're not familiar with it.

I felt the urge to re-write some of the lyrics as the newspaper grows thicker and thicker with low prices on things we don't need. I feel that the US is the most blessed nation on earth, and that instead of buying gifts for each other, we should reach out and bless those less fortunate. I don't know your faith or beliefs, but it's my belief that wanting to help others is universal. Thanks for listening. Feel free to disagree. I'm listening.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

"Low prices on things we don't need" - isn't that the truth?

Jeremy [Retro] said...

i need, i need... but only pickles from the dollar store... and right now buy one get one free... yikes!

JoJo said...

I love that hymn; I have it on a classical CD of Christmas music.

Brian Miller said...

there def is validity in what you say...we could make a difference abroad or even at home considering how many of our own live below the poverty line...great hymn as well...

running4him said...

Haha that was great!! And yes, the US is so totally blessed that it isnt even funny. Virtually no one realizes how super rich they are. I have been to over 20 countries and lived over seas for over half my life, so I know how much of the world lives.... nothing like us. We really need get our focus off ourselves and help somebody out!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tina .. great post and I love your words ... but I do love the hymn - always been a good one for me.

I hate the tackiness of superficiality of Christmas and any other holiday for that matter where the same ilk applies ..

Time to give back and be with people .. give love - cheers Hilary

Hart Johnson said...

I definitely agree on hating the greed and shopping event this season seems to have become.

I am more a family/time together person than a religious celebrant, but I love the festive air and tradition of it.

loverofwords said...

My goal this Christmas is to be more understanding of my friends and. . .I have not been to the mall! Bought tickets to the play "War Horse," for my grandkids--they use these amazing puppets for the horses. Thoughtful gifts is my goal. Music is such a part of Christmas,memories just wash over you as you listen.

Val Fox said...

Very glad I stopped in to read your blog. Powerful message and so very true. Thank you.