Encouragement From The Word

The weary world rejoices

There are many beloved Christmas songs.  Some, like O come, all ye faithful and Hark! the herald angels sing are rich in theological depth and meaning.  Others are more experiential.  And even the experience-based songs can speak to us.

Among those that I’m thinking of this year is the Victorian classic, O holy night.  (It’s going to be sung at our service tonight.)  In that song, there’s a line that seems particularly poignant this year.  In reference to the Saviour’s birth, we hear:

A thrill of hope – the weary world rejoices,
for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!

The weary world rejoices.

It’s been a challenging year.  We need a reason to rejoice.

Even in what might be argued as the height and hopefully last gasp of the pandemic, Jesus’ birth gives us a reason to rejoice.

So rejoice!

Merry Christmas.

Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again:  Rejoice!” (Philippians 4.4, NIV).