It’s when the moon invites quiet I notice it most. When I wonder how I let it get this bad.
Me…the one striving for delight with a life built on simple.
It becomes nearly comical how much we can truly whittle away. How little we need to survive with joy overflowing. And I make mental note of things I plan to erase off lists. For I can do better than this. I can slow down more to truly see the reason for the season…
As I clear my mind of life’s clutter, it hits me. Right there on the screen while singing it with my church family:
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in Thee tonight.
And I wonder how I’ve missed it all these years.
We talk about it all the time. I memorized the beatitudes ages ago. I know I don’t need to worry, or fret…
But friends, do you see it? Do you see how I’ve glanced over the first part while being so focused on the latter?
Our hopes have been met!
My breath catches as I realize I have been given another gift…a small glimpse at how much He loves me.
For what more could I hope for that my Jesus hasn’t already given me?
What more could I need than that which He has already provided?
I’ve said it before and keep receiving proof of how much it’s true. Friends, He’s got this. Whatever we face today, He’s already taken care of. Any hopes and fears we meet along the years, He’s got them covered.
His name Emmanuel? We can take that literally!
And I belt out the final stanza with ease as I claim it for my own:
O holy Child of Bethlehem,
Descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin, and enter in,
Be born in us today.
O come to us, abide with us
Our Lord Emmanuel!
How about you, friend? What fears or hopes has He met for you lately? I’d love to hear.
Thanks for sharing your time with me.
Note: These lyrics were taken from the all familiar Christmas Hymn: O Little Town of Bethlehem. This post is a part of my Advent series where I share my favorite stanzas of our cherished Christmas hymns and reveal what they mean to me. You may see other posts like this HERE.