A Thrill of Hope.

Everyone has spent the past month (or perhaps even two) blasting Christmas music in their homes, cars, or stores. Usually these songs are cheery and upbeat, which is great for shopping for Christmas presents. However, sometimes it is necessary to step back from the chaos in order to remember the reason we celebrate. In those times, I listen and soak in the lyrics of “O Holy Night.” It is one of my favorite Christmas songs, and I feel as though it is very overlooked. Below are the lyrics. Please just take a minute or two to really read them and concentrate on them.


O Holy Night

O holy night!
The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of the dear Savior’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 soul rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!Fall on your knees
Oh hear the angel voices
Oh night divine
Oh night when Christ was born
Oh night divine
Oh night divineLed by the light of Faith serenely beaming
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming
Here come the wise men from Orient land
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger
In all our trials born to be our friendTruly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His name all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name

This song leaves me near tears every time I hear it. How beautiful is the story of my Savior’s birth. I love the lines that say, “Long lay the world in sin and error pining till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.” My soul realizes its worth in Christ. I am no longer a slave to sin. “A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices. For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.” Gone are the days where fear and worry overtake me. “Christ is the Lord, let us ever praise Thee.” That is my heart’s song to Him.
This Christmas, whether we are weary or not, let us turn to the hope of Jesus and rejoice.
Merry Christmas.

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