Comments: O Emmanuel

Thank you, Simon

Posted by Richard Ashby at Friday, 23 December 2011 at 10:31am GMT

Yes thank you - a very appropriate word for the day.

Posted by david Wilson at Friday, 23 December 2011 at 12:50pm GMT

Beautiful. Many thanks.

I loved the way it spells I will come tomorrow / Mi Ddof yfory

Posted by Laurence Roberts at Friday, 23 December 2011 at 3:08pm GMT

After another night of significant Quake after-shocks here in Christchurch, New Zealand, we are glad to be alive! Just another reason to thank the God of Love, who came into this world as an infant, humbly; and faithful to God's Word of hope and encouragement to all who look to Him for life.

Love, Joy and Peace to ALL

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Friday, 23 December 2011 at 8:36pm GMT

Thank you Simon, Andrew, Jane, David, Simon again, Tom, and Rosemary for these wonderful reflections. And thank you to whoever among the editors thought it was a good idea.

Here's a thought - How about collecting them together with some lovely illustrations, and publishing them as a booklet in time for next Advent??

Ron, and others in Christchurch, you are so much in our thoughts and prayers this Christmas.

Veiled in flesh the godhead see,
Hail the incarnate deity
Pleased as man with us to dwell
Jesus our Emmanuel
Hark the Herald Angels sing
Glory to the new-born King.

Posted by Edward Prebble at Saturday, 24 December 2011 at 1:07am GMT

But do you really believe it? And my answer is no. And that's the point. You can claim it, but you have no basis in any history method or anything else to say so. It is a meditation and enjoy for what it is. It, that God was present, is as much as myth as Krishna or the Hindu view of Buddha.

Clavis David, Oriens, Adonaï, Rex Gentium, Sapientia, Emmanuel and Radix Jesse also make 'coarser' and this is coarser theology in the sense that it jumps to conclusions.

Posted by Pluralist at Saturday, 24 December 2011 at 7:29am GMT

Bah, Humbug, to you too, Pluralist. Go ahead and have your usual Grumpy Christmas. Meanwhile, we'll be celebrating: the great love of god as revealed in the Son. Happy Christmas, anyway.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Sunday, 25 December 2011 at 10:48pm GMT

Oh I dunno, I do sympathise with Pluralist's perspective. I do think that the Divine is big enough to encompass all our petty thoughts and struggles to understand it. And I do think that in Jesus of Nazareth, the baby of Bethlehem, the Divine was present. I sketched out something along those lines in a piece I wrote here four years ago almost to the day (27 December 2007) and I have found further support for this sort of exploration and understanding in various books and articles.

Posted by Simon Kershaw at Monday, 26 December 2011 at 1:16pm GMT
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