The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned. (Isaiah 9:2)
I love this verse. It shouts HOPE!
I think one of my favorite parts about the Christmas season is that hope seems to be magnified. As a believer, I have hope every single day of the year. But during this season, reminders of this hope are all around us. It’s like we take our cameras and zoom in on the hope. I love it. And yet, my desire is to zoom in on this hope every day of the year…not just December!
This feeling of holding on to the hope is the same feeling I experienced as I came home from the mission trip I took last month. The quest to live with a Christ-filled perspective all the time. Some days I succeed fairly well. Other days, I fail miserably. Yet, even in my failure, my Hope is there. It never leaves me even when I forget to zoom in on it.
I grew up listening to one of Anne Murray’s Christmas cassette tapes. My mom and I loved to listen to it. One of the songs I loved (and still love) was called Mary’s Boy Child originally performed by Boney M. Anne Murray’s version is still my favorite but I can’t find it any where. My favorite part of the song is the last few verses. I have been singing,whistling and humming them all morning.
Oh, my Lord
You sent your son to save us
Oh my Lord
Your very self you gave us
Oh my Lord
That sin may not enslave us
And love may reign once more