And so, with a spirit of new beginnings and hopeful possibilities, I am offering you a brief musical reflection each Monday during Advent. This week, consider the carol “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” It’s one of my personal favorites and one that Mike Wicker sang with handbell accompaniment yesterday. “Emmanuel” means “God with us”, and for that very reason, this carol resonates deeply within my soul.



There’s a quietness in the air, and I cannot tell if it’s anticipation of what is to come or mourning what once was... or (most likely) both.