The Best Christmas Lyric I’ve Ever Heard

Have you been listening to Christmas music since the calendar turned to November? Or maybe you have a rule that you can only listen after Thanksgiving. Regardless of when you started listening, chances are you have a favorite Christmas song.

Mine has been, and probably always will be, “O Holy Night.” It’s because of the best christmas lyric I’ve ever heard:

“A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices.”

Our world certainly is weary.

I’m weary that the term “active shooter” has become normal vernacular in my “safe” city. Terrorist bombings. Refugee crises. We live in a day and age where evil is closing in on all sides. I come to work and read story after story of the pain and brokenness caused by poverty. No mother should have to worry about how she will feed her newborn child and no child should have to go to bed hungry.

Oh weary soul, we live in a world that is broken. So very broken.

It’s disheartening. If I’m honest, sometimes it feels so overwhelming I feel paralyzed to do anything. And it’s the holidays. Lights are up and my days are supposed to be merry and bright. Yet in this season of the world, what is there to be merry about?


Best Christmas Lyric

A friend painted these poignant words on canvas for me several Christmases ago, and I’ve kept it in a prominent place in my house year round. Day by day I need to be reminded of these things:

Weary world, you may rejoice in the hope that is promised to us.

“Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Romans 5:2-5 (NIV).

Weary heart, you may rejoice that someday all things will be made new.

“He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’” Revelation 21:5 (NIV)

Weary spirit, chose to believe that the best is yet to come.

“That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.’” 1 Corinthians 2:9 (NLT)

I rejoice in God’s people caring for a weary world. I rejoice in our church partners who help children feel known, loved and protected. I rejoice that loving sponsors thousands of miles away care for children who were born into awful circumstances. I rejoice that for every way Satan attempts to steal, kill and destroy, our God has overcome.

And this year, I deeply rejoice in the reality that this isn’t all there is.

In her book, The Greatest Gift, Ann Voskamp writes:

“You are made of the dust of this earth, and you are made of the happiness of heaven, and you are flesh and you are spirit, and you are of two worlds longing for the home of forever and Him.”

Yet what can we do in the waiting? Ann Voskamp goes on to offer:

“The answer to deep anxiety is the deep adoration of God. And the greatest gift we can give our great God is to let His love make us glad.”

Oh weary soul, rejoice.

The King is coming.

The pain, hunger and violence will end.

There is indeed much to make us glad.

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    Paula Pasterski December 24, 2015

    Thank you for this post. While not in poverty I have been working so hard in the secular world falling into bed each night unable to find the energy to say more than a quick cursory thank you to our Father. Christmas and its message have been lost to me this season until this morning when I had some time off to reflect. Your words have given me a wonderful start to these next days where I have a chance to think and plan how I will step forward into kingdom service. God Bless and Merry Christmas.

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      Emily Vanhoutan December 28, 2015

      Paula, I can definitely relate with exhaustion and trying to not just find a balance between the meeting demands of my day and resting but, really inviting God in to each moment of my day and learning to do everything in a state of rest. I am so glad that you were able to take some time to rest and spend time with God, who loves you so deeply and intimately and knows exactly what you need. I pray that God draws you closer than ever to him in this next year and as this year comes to a close. And I pray you grow to know his love deeper than you’ve ever known before :). God bless you.

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    Edye December 23, 2015

    Thank you so much for this post Katy! I found it to be be inspiring and inspirational. Have a very Merry Christmas. God bless you!

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    Vicki Small December 23, 2015

    Wow. I don’t know how long it’s been since I commented here, but I have to offer this. I love “O Holy Night,” as well, allowing the music and the words to sink into my soul, each time. But I have another favorite line from a Christmas carol: “The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee, tonight.” As we find our hope in Him, our fears grow dimmer and dimmer. Merry Christmas!

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