“Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock…”
“I’ll be home for Christmas…”
“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…”
Go anywhere in public starting around the middle of October and that’s what you’ll here. Songs in the mall trying to put us in the mood for Christmas – or specifically, to spend money wherever you happen to be. Christmas songs are played way too long and far too frequently for us to hear them anymore. Our ears become numb to the words, the songs being background white noise instead of what they were meant to be. And the majority of songs are secular – gosh we wouldn’t want to offend anyone by playing a CHRISTmas hymn during the CHRISTmas season when we are celebrating the birth of CHRIST, now would we???
As I was starting my day off “O Holy Night” from the Highlands Christmas CD came up on the iPod shuffle. And I was actually listening this morning – really listening. And this verse struck me as being so true, especially this year: “A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.”
See we get so caught up in the darkness of the world – the worry over a sick loved one, the anxiety wondering if we will pay thousands more in health care or fear of a child never reaching their full potential that we forget. We forget that Jesus is the thrill of hope this weary world so desperately needs.
Jesus is not background noise – He is our thrill, our hope, our reason for rejoicing. He came to this earth, lived out a ministry of love and sacrificed Himself for every single person that has been, is or will be.
“A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices…”
Doesn’t the world need a thrill of hope today?