I’ve been listening to a lot of Christmas music as of late (because it’s awesome!) and I realized how much I have needed to hear the words and truth these songs proclaim.
In one of my favorite songs, “O Holy Night” we sing that Jesus’s birth was a “thrill of hope” for the “weary world.”
We are a weary world indeed.
2016 was a rotten year. Universally, I think we can all acknowledge that this year was painful in so many spheres and places. I don’t think I have had my heart broken by so much evil and pain on a consistent basis as it has in 2016.
Yet, we have hope. And we are reminded of this hope every Christmas when we celebrate Christ’s birth — a birth that declared God’s faithfulness, goodness, and grace. Christ came as the Light of the World, the Prince of Peace, the Messiah.. He came.
And it’s not only something we remember but it’s also something we anticipate as Jesus Christ will return.
So yes, we are weary. Yes, we mourn. Yes we feel all the feels. But it’s not the end. It’s not all that we have. We have a Savior. We have a promise from God who keeps His promises and He says, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away,” (Revelation 21:4).
Thank you, Lord. Thank you.