A Thrill of Hope

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining; it is the night of our dear Savior’s birth. Long lay the world in sin and error pining, till he appeared and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope…

The song continues….the weary world rejoices.

You don’t have to look far to see the weariness of our world. We see it in strained relationships, financial pressures, health issues, daily drudgery and slumped shoulders.  The pressure rises this time of year with added expectations and “supposed-to-bes.”

We need Christmas.

A weary world rejoices because we find hope at Christmas!

remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:12-13 NIV

We were without hope. But we have been brought near because Jesus came near.

Hope is the certain expectation of future good. The Christmas story is all about hope.

 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). Matthew 1:23 NIV

We have hope because God is with us. No matter what we face, we are never alone.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me Psalm 23:4

For every discouraging circumstance in this weary world, we find hope in the promises of God’s word.

They say that you can go 40 days without food, 4 days without water and 4 minutes without air but only 4 seconds without hope.

The thrill of hope, it fuels our purpose and reminds our soul of its great worth.