Posted by: deerharas | December 1, 2010

Come Thou Long-Expected Blog

Merry Christmas, y’all!  Looking back, I’m trying to remember any official celebration of Advent.  I think I might have had a chocolate calendar one year as a child.  🙂  However, as this year’s 12/25 draws near, I want to make every effort to “let my heart prepare Him room.”

I plan to accomplish this in two ways.  First, I am working through an Advent devotional entitled “Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus.”  I was drawn to the book primarily due to its title (a favorite carol of mine), but primarily I appreciate the range of voices represented in Guthrie’s collection, from Luther to Keller.

Second, I plan to reflect on Christmas music.  I tried and tried to wait until post-Thanksgiving to delve back into the holiday genre, but the moment I got the pre-release download of Jill Phillips & Andy Gullahorn’s new Christmas album, I made a worthwhile exception.  But, as “A Charlie Brown Christmas” tells us, “Christmas time is here …,” which means, with full respect to Thanksgiving, I can now unabashedly listen to any and all holiday tunes.

So, for every day leading up to Christmas, I would like to highlight one of my favorite songs and in the process also some of my favorite albums and artists.  Today I begin with the first track off perhaps my favorite Christmas album.  Derek Webb and Sandra McCracken contribute their modified interpretation of “Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus” (Charles Wesley, 1744) as the first track on “Your King Has Come.”  Their slow, stripped-down version allows for just enough pause to drink in Wesley’s sound and solid lyrics.

Israel’s strength and consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.

You can go here for the song in its entirety, the whole album actually.  Enjoy friends!  We’ll explore another tomorrow.

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