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By Ann Chen

One of my favorite Christmas songs is “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” Recently, somebody asked me why, and I honestly answered that I didn’t know why except that I’m drawn to its soulful sound and that I hadn’t really processed what the words meant.

O come, O come, Emmanuel

And ransom captive Israel

That mourns in lonely exile here

Until the Son of God appear

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel.

I took it upon myself to reflect more deeply about the lyrics of this song. (more…)

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By Joy Wong

Lately, I’ve become aware of a perpetual discontent within me.  It seems that my thoughts are often filled with “if only” statements.  When I look in the mirror, I lament, “If only I had a better complexion.”  When I think about my career, I think, “If only I knew what God wanted me to do.”  I also often hear such sentiments around me:  “if only I made more money,”  “if only my child was more ambitious,” “if only I lived closer to family,” etc — each “if only” statement expressing a less-than-ideal present circumstance, and perhaps a wish for the future to be diferent. (more…)

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