A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices.
This is a line from O Holy Night, one of the most loved Christmas Carols. It was written in 1847 but it’s truths ring as true today as they did 173 years ago. This world is weary and in need of a rescuer to bring hope.
I’ve heard lots of people say that they put up Christmas lights early this year because people need a bit of hope and sparkle. Because light brings hope in the darkness.
Jesus was called the Light of the World because he brought hope of a new way of living and loving into the world. He was love made flesh.
Your challenge today is to light a candle in your window and talk with your family or friends about how you can and already do bring light into a world of shadows. How can you bring hope and love into your community? We’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas, share them in the comments!
Below is one of Hannah’s favourite Christmas songs. You might like to play it and reflect on Jesus, the Light of the World, whilst you light your candle.
In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.
John 1:1-5 NLT