Artistic Afternoons: Listen to the Advent hymn “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” today. Close your eyes. Let the music and lyrics wash over you. How does music connect you with your hopes and longings (perhaps even more deeply than the words would in themselves)? What stirs in you as you listen? Do you find your body wanting to do anything to engage with the music and express the longing it may reflect in you? Sing? Dance? Collapse? Curl up? Play it yourself on a musical instrument? Gather your courage and do whatever is coming up in you as a way of creatively embodying your soul's longing. Here is the middle verse of the song, in case you don’t have access to the music (but, really, just google it and you should be able to at least find a YouTube video you can play!). Feel free to sing (and/or dance to) it yourself, if you don’t have a way to listen right now: 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.

Posted by Jamie Bonilla at 2020-12-02 21:30:44 UTC