Thrill of Hope
Merry Christmas Friends!
I hope that each of you have a wonderful day filled with love, friendship, family, and joy. It truly is the most wonderful time of year!
For the last couple of weeks, we’ve been singing Christmas carols at church during worship, and it’s been really cool because the response to the Christmas story has always been worship. The angels, the shepherds, the wise men - when they heard about and saw baby Jesus, responded in worship. I think the animals even bowed down! Frfr. My most favorite Christmas song of all time, is “O Holy Night.” So many beautiful renditions have been sung. My personal favorite though is Celine Dion’s - that woman is timeless!
But, the reason I love “O Holy Night” so much is because I find the lyrics deeply profound.
...a thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices; for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn...”
I don’t know about y’all, but towards the end of a year, I can easily feel weary. From the busyness of the holiday season, working crazy hours, and especially unmet expectations, it’s natural to feel a bit disillusioned and basically over it.
But, the thrill of hope has come. The suddenly of hope has come and it has a name, and He is Emmanuel, God With Us. The thrill of hope, my weary world can rejoice because I have a Savior who is in it with me. In the busyness, in the crazy hours, in the unmet expectations. He is the thrill of Hope and the precursor of my joy.
In Psalms, David declares that in His presence is fullness of joy. When Jesus shed his glory and wrapped himself in the humility of humanity, He gave us eternal access to Himself and His presence. Because of this, even in my weariness I can rejoice. Even in my weariness, I can be strengthened. Even in my weariness, I have hope.
i don’t know what the end of your 2018 looks like. Maybe you’ve crossed everything off your to-do list. Or maybe, you’re sitting here thinking, 2018 what the heck was THAT?
But, I can promise you that your next days and your next years will be greater because the thrill of Hope lives today.
Arise, Jerusalem! Let your light shine for all to see. For the glory of the Lord rises to shine on you. Isaiah 60:1
Merry Christmas, friends!