You may wonder why I choose this title of “The Weary World Rejoices.” In other words, why should weariness match a response of rejoicing? I pray that your response from this year of weariness, no matter what form it has taken in your life, will be one of rejoicing. There is so much that our Lord has taught us this year. This year has been a call to the entire world for deeper spiritual growth and intimacy with Jesus Christ, God’s Son. It has been one of letting go of everything and clinging to the “One” who is the Author and Finisher of our faith.
Therefore, I want to testify and give Him glory for opening my eyes to see things I never saw before; for deepening my understanding to comprehend things I did not realize before; for awakening my spirit to discover things I had not perceived before; and for unlocking a higher level of love within me that has squashed the fiery darts of the enemy in every form. Most importantly, although weary at times from the battles that produced such fruit in my life, I cannot help but rejoice over the intense oneness and incomprehensible relationship I am experiencing with my Lord!
Why we Rejoice:
This phrase, “the weary world rejoices” comes from the Christmas carol entitled, “O Holy Night.” Two stanzas appear as such:
“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.
Fall on your knees! O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born;
O night divine, O night, O night Divine.
Truly 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.
Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever,
His power and glory evermore proclaim.
His power and glory evermore proclaim”
Likewise, Let Us Rejoice:
– because of our Savior who unselfishly came to a sinful world to redeem all of us who were lost;
– because His law is love and His gospel is peace;
– because in Him we have hope of a new and glorious morn breaking forth;
– because He can empower us to truly love one another and cease all oppression; and
– because He is Christ the Lord, our risen Divine King!
In conclusion, let us fall on our knees and as the angels, proclaim His Holy Name, power and glory forevermore. Amen!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to You and Yours!