God With Us

“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”  Matthew 1:23

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Oh, come, oh, come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!

Oh, come, our Wisdom from on high,
Who ordered all things mightily;
To us the path of knowledge show,
and teach us in her ways to go.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!

Oh, come, oh, come, our Lord of might,
Who to your tribes on Sinai’s height
In ancient times gave holy law,
In cloud and majesty and awe.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!

Oh, come O Rod of Jesse’s stem,
From ev’ry foe deliver them
That trust your mighty pow’r to save;
Bring them in vict’ry through the grave.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!

Oh, come, O Key of David, come,
And open wide our heav’nly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!

Oh, come, our Dayspring from on high,
And cheer us by your drawing nigh,
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!

Oh, come, Desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind;
Oh, bid our sad divisions cease,
And be yourself our King of Peace.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!

 John Neal, 1818-66

For All My Life

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“For you are my hope, O Lord GOD: you are my trust from my youth.

By you have I been upheld from birth: you are he that took me out of my mother’s womb: my praise shall be continually of you.

I am as a wonder unto many; but you are my strong refuge.

Let my mouth be filled with your praise and with your honor all the day.

Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength fails.

…I will hope continually, and will yet praise you more and more.

My mouth shall show forth your righteousness and your salvation all the day;

for I know not the limits thereof.

I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of your righteousness, even of yours only.

O God, you have taught me from my youth: and to this day have I declared your wondrous works.

Now also when I am old and gray headed, O God, forsake me not; until I have showed your strength unto this generation,

and your power to every one that is to come.”

From Psalm 71