One of my favorite Christmas songs is “O‘ Holy Night”. I absolutely love it. I can’t count the number of times I have listened to it or actually sang it with the worship team at church.
This year though, this one line hit me differently.
“A Weary World Rejoices”
It is no secret, I LOVE Christmas. It is not that I have had a perfect life and every Christmas has been great. On the contrary, parts of my life have been really hard. I have had a lot of trials, of all kinds. I have had some major setbacks, some things that are still too hard to talk about; but I don’t choose to focus on them. I have even had some not so great Christmases! I know… shocking. But, I don’t choose to focus on the hard times. I don’t choose to be a victim. I didn’t stick my head in the sand, I went through the hard stuff. I did the work and allowed the Holy Spirit to bring healing, and He always did. That doesn’t mean it didn’t make me very weary at times.
The Merriam-Webster definition of weary is
If that doesn‘t describe our world right now, I don’t know what does. I think a lot of us have become comfortable being weary. It feels like pulling our favorite blanket up and staying on the couch a while. We want everyone to leave us alone and just let us be weary. Weariness happens, but scripture tells us not to grow weary in doing good. I think a lot of us have. The sadness, depression, loneliness and uncertainty of the past two years is very real, just as it was at the time Jesus was born. At that time, He gave the weary world a reason to rejoice. He is still giving the world a reason to rejoice.
He is and always has been faithful to me. He is the reason I don’t stay weary. I don’t know about you, but I like having strength, vigor, endurance and freshness!! I am not about that stale, weak life. So, through every trial, I will continue to rise and rejoice in my Savior! I will continue to be thankful for this life and the people I love. I will continue to do good. I will continue to love. When I feel weariness coming on, I will rejoice!
You may not feel much like rejoicing, but I promise that you still have a reason to. Don’t let this weary world suck you in to thinking there is no hope. God is still with us.