O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the Expectation and Saviour of the nations! come and save us, O Lord our God!
We are very close now. Making lists and checking them twice.
O Wisdom, Order, and Prudence. I need You.
O Adonai, Leadership, Laws, and Redemption. I need You.
O Root of Jesse, Ensign, and Silence. I need You.
O Key of David, Freedom from death. Fiat. I need You.
O Day-Spring, Light and Proof and Faith. I need You.
O King, Cornerstone and Unity. We need you.
My Christmas List truly culminates into one and only One need…a Savior.
It’s not only time for a list-check, but a gut-check, too. Do I really, really want a Savior? Correction. Do I really, really want THE Savior?
The final antiphon uses the word “expectation.” What expectations have I subconsciously baked into my list? Do they match up with the reality of THE Savior?
As I get my nativity scenes out to place all around my house, I think back to Mary, very pregnant now, and Joseph stopping at the temple in Jerusalem on their way to Bethlehem. I remember those last few days of my own pregnancies. There was this incredible mix of hope and uncertainty. A perplexing combination of control and complete free-fall. Of knowing in general what to expect, but just having to wait for that moment when everything changes.
That moment that marks the place in time between when my baby was hidden away inside, all mine, and when my baby was outside, exposed to the world.
That moment that intersects my ideas and thoughts and dreams of what the rest of this journey will be like with the reality I’m now physically, emotionally, and spiritually holding in my arms and heart.
It’s the beginning, or rather the continuation of a thousand beginnings, of everyday Fiats. And in the case of my Fiat to THE Savior, it’s an everyday “yes” to Who He really IS.
I won’t be putting Him back in the manger, in the back of my closet with the rest of the Christmas decorations.
I will be saying Fiat to His Wisdom, His Order, His Prudence.
Fiat to His Leadership, His Laws as He intended them, His definition of Redemption.
Fiat to His Ensign and His version of Silence.
Fiat to His plan for Freedom from death.
Fiat to His Light and Proof and Faith, for He is Truth Itself.
Fiat to Him as THE Cornerstone; to His definition of Unity.
Fiat to Him as THE Savior.
O Come, O Come Emmanuel. Fiat. Let it be done to me according to Thy Word.