As much as I wish I could write a lighthearted post about Christmas – I have to admit that my heart was heavy today.
It seems as though the last few weeks have been filled with sad news.
Dear people suffering through hard things.
Loss. Pain. Uncertainty.
Broken hearts. Broken bodies. Broken dreams.
Everywhere from the national news to my inbox, I’m reminded that we live in a broken world.
Yet, as my heart wept again this morning over more painful news, God brought the opening song of our children’s Christmas program to mind.
It begins on the streets of Bethlehem and the plaintive sounds of a violin is heard mournfully crying, “O come, O Come Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel…”
Then the children start singing –
“Who will save us? Who will comfort those who cry?
Who will free us – is He right before our eyes?
How long must we wait for deliverance?
When will God turn his head and hear us?
And bring peace and hope to a broken world.
And bring peace and hope to a broken world.”
That cry is still heard today.
People are searching for hope.
People are still living in darkness and fear.
People are still asking when God will turn His head and hear them.
But the story doesn’t end there.
It goes on to tell about a baby born to a virgin mother.
It tells of angels proclaiming the news to shepherds on the hills outside of Bethlehem.
A Savior is born!
God with us!
The children continue to sing –
“That holy night, when mercy fell like rain,
and God broke through our darkness and our pain.
That holy night, when love came down to earth.
Emmanuel with us, in a fragile baby’s birth.”
God broke through the darkness.
He broke through the pain.
He sent mercy!
That holy night brought hope.
It brought peace.
The world all around us is broken and hurting.
We have the answer.
As we enter this Advent season, may our hearts know it.
May our lives reflect it.
May our words echo it.
He will save us. He will comfort those who cry.
He will hear us, He has opened up our eyes.
Jesus is king, King forever.
Praise to God who is faithful to save us.
He is peace and hope for a broken world.
That’s what my heart needed to hear today.
How about yours?