My daughters give me such a hard time. I mean, they give me a hard time about many things, but a biggie is my inability to listen to certain Christmas songs without getting choked up and forming big old tears in my eyes. It’s actually pretty pathetic, and it always happens in the most embarrassing places. In the car, mostly, but lets see: Church, family gatherings, Christmas programs…For some people at this time of year it’s the Hallmark movies that get them misty, for me, it’s the Christmas songs.

I remember when my oldest daughter was a baby, sitting in my Dad’s bedroom feeding her. He turned on his radio for me so I wasn’t sitting alone in silence. Mary did you know started to play. As I sat there, holding my newborn baby girl, listening to the words and imagining how Mary felt holding her own baby, Jesus as a human became very real. This began my misty-eyed encounters with Christmas music!

I don’t know if you are like me, but music stirs my soul. The poetry of the lyrics and the dynamics of the song reach my core emotionally. And when the song is about my Savior, it usually wrecks me. The beauty creates a raw worship in my heart, because it always ushers me into this place of reverence and awe of who Christ is and what He did. What a gift He gave us in song!

This year, the words of O Holy Night really struck me in a new way. The weary world. Friends, I’m sure you can agree with me that our world is feeling pretty weary right now. It’s feeling tired, sad, scared, anxious, maybe even defeated at times. Sin is rampant, pain is everywhere. And in all of that, we as humans have a tendency to lose hope. And that is natural when our hope is in the wrong place.

The thrill of hope

When our hope is in Jesus Christ, and we are able to look directly at what He did for us, first with the life He lived physically here on earth, but then also in His death and resurrection which opened up a whole new world for those of us who put our hope and faith in what He did. Because our hope is no longer in people or circumstances here on earth, but instead is in the One who has promised that all of this is temporary. That what we look forward to is far better than even the best moments we experience here. What a thrill that is to think about!

The weary world rejoices

When I hear this line, I’m reminded of so many things. But what stands out in my mind is a fighting match. When you see one guy struggling to stay on his feet, taking blow after blow. His face might be bloody from the punches, but he still gets up, fighting as hard as he can. Then finally in the last round, when it seems like he has nothing left to give, he musters the strength to put out one perfectly timed and placed punch to pull off a win! Suddenly his pain turns to a smile. (maybe a smile missing a few teeth ) His tired arm is raised in victory!

The world is that fighter. The world is battered, beat down, bloody and tired. But we keep on fighting the enemy we face because even though it sometimes feels like we have nothing left to give, we know that through Christ, He will give us what we need to deal that last blow and pull off a win. Because He has already done the work! And we know from the truth in His Word that He will conquer once and for all!

Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother;
And in His name all oppression shall cease

The work Christ did on the cross broke all of the chains, and while we wait in quiet anticipation, we know that He will come back. As sure as He came the first time, He will come again! And He will right all wrongs, and He will make things new. And what a day that will be!
 

This is why I break down in tears when these songs play. Not out of nostalgia, but out of pure awe, reverence and hope for things to come!

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

 

For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.

 

For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.”

Romans 8:18-21

This Christmas season, I encourage you to look forward with hope. While nostalgia and family are important and comforting, remember that we celebrate what is to come just as much as we celebrate what happened in that manger all of those years ago. 

Oh. And if you want to listen and cry for yourself, here are a few links to songs that hit me in the gut every time thinking of the promises yet to be fulfilled by our Savior!

 
 
 

One Response

  1. Angie,

    12 years in business is quite an accomplishment. Most new businesses don’t last even 2 years so be proud of what you started and how it is succeeding.

    Some interesting facts about the number 12 in the Bible, God has blessed you.

    “Number 12, as indicated in this article, typically means perfection or authority—often used in a context of government. For instance, because Jacob has 12 sons, they form the 12 tribes of Israel. There are also 12 minor prophets that dot the text of the Old Testament. Found 187 times in the Bible, the number 12 makes a special appearance in Revelation, showing the authority and perfection of God’s kingdom at last. We see Jesus chose 12 disciples, and the disciples later replaced Judas Iscariot with Matthias to keep the number at 12 (Acts 1)—to show the perfection and authority of those who followed Jesus.”

    Thanks for your devotion to us, and for having the emotion to care so deeply about what words mean in the songs. Words are powerful and as you say in today’s devotional they can be hurtful and leaving us worried and anxious.

    Nothing wrong crying over songs about salvation and Jesus. It shows you care. And as scads with two grown daughters now, it’s amazing how “ smart” by girls think I am now! As your daughters get older and have more life experiences, they too will say “ wow…. mom was right!”

    Thank you for your words today and congrats on a great season of sales.

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