O Holy Night has become one of my favorite Christmas songs. The lyrics are beautifully piercing, going straight to the heart of the truth of Christmas:
O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of our dear Saviour's birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appear'd and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
The world is certainly weary right now. Any glance at Twitter or a news station provides an exhausting look into what is happening around us. Politicians and commentators are at each other at such a constant rate its hard to keep up. There are heartbreaking articles about children in Aleppo who no longer cry because of such severe PTSD, living in the weariest, most hellish situation imaginable. One of my most favorite quotes from Anne Lamott is something Wendell Berry said to her:
As Wendell Berry said to me at the Book Depot nearly 30 years ago, in bleak, doomed mid-December, "It gets darker and darker and darker; and then Jesus is born."
It is most certainly a dark December, and yet, that is why Jesus is come-- present-tense, coming into the world through His people, breaking in in fits and starts in our conversations, our compassion, our action, our love. Jesus comes to bring joy to the weariest of worlds, a thrill of hope to hearts that are desperate for it.
Perhaps you feel the weariness most heavily on your shoulders right now; if not you, certainly someone you does. This print is my gift to you, that you might remember that Jesus brings a thrill of hope, a source of rejoicing in the most difficult of times. Let us rejoice in the birth of Christ!
Also included in the download is two sets of gift tags to use on your presents this season!