Dec 23, 2015
By Jenna Deckert
These are heavy, dark times we are living in. It's easy to feel overwhelmed and overcome with everything going on in our world. What can we hold on to? Music has always been a wonderful avenue for me to unearth and understand a myriad of emotions within me – whether it's sadness, joy, hope, fear, longing, anger and on and on the list could go.
We can worship through it all.
This season I've been listening over and over to Christmas hymns, desperate for hope and seeking comfort. I long for peace that can't be taken away despite the circumstances. Peace that can sing with blessed assurance, “It is well with my soul.”
Tonight, I keep coming back to “O Holy Night”...
“O Holy Night. The stars are brightly shining. It is the night of our dear Savior's birth… A thrill of hope. The weary world rejoices…/ Fall on your knees. O hear the angel voices. O night divine. O night when Christ was born.”
We are indeed a weary world in need of hope. We fall on our knees. But to be honest, I'm on my knees more often in fear rather than praise. We wait expectantly (impatiently). But it doesn't always come as we expect. We are looking for a King but He comes as a baby, born in a barn. He lives with commoners and works with his hands. He loves the sinners and teaches through stories. And most importantly, He builds relationships. With us. That is what we can hold onto. There is suffering but He is with us.
He is as real as when my young daughter has a nightmare and calls out for her Mommy in the night.
“I am here,” I tell her, “Mommy's here.” And she quiets immediately. He is with us in our fear.
He will quiet us with His love.
He is as real as my own mother's cool hands on my forehead when I was a child and had migraines. Her cool hands telling me, “I am here. Mommy's here.” What a comfort and relief. The pain was still there and yet diminished because I was not alone.
We are not alone. He will always show up. Not as we expect but He is here. My prayer is that we will not miss out on the delight, the beauty, and the peace of this season because of fear and sadness (and on and on the list goes) - in the world and in our hearts. May you sense His nearness, exactly as you need to, today.
I am grateful for this beautiful song and worshiping through it as I write this.