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