The Weary World Rejoices

On the eve of Christmas, we are invited to consider Jesus. As the sun rises tomorrow, it will bring with it the anticipation of presents, family and celebration. Many will gather around their tree, sipping coffee and opening presents. Others may pack the car to drive to a family member’s home. Whatever and wherever we find ourselves as dawn breaks tomorrow, there will be many things to consume our minds and attention. The family, gifts and festivities of Christmas are worthy to enjoy and celebrate, but let us not pass through the day without remembering Jesus.

The old Christmas hymn O Holy Night has impacted me in a new way this Advent season. In particular, portions of the first verse.

Long lay the world in sin and error pining
'Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

The breaking of a new and glorious morn is a compelling phrase. The sun rising on a new day elicits many connotations and imagery. The night is a dangerous and scary time for the most vulnerable and oppressed. Whether it be a city under siege, a man or woman living on the street or a traveler on a journey, the rising sun brings fresh heat, light and hope. In the same way that the sun brings the hope of a new day, Jesus has broken into our weary world with a new and glorious hope. Long lay this world in sin and error pining. Long have people felt worthless and hopeless in this life. Jesus has brought something new. Jesus has brought worth, value and dignity to the human soul. Jesus has brought hope to this weary world.

As the sun rises on Christmas day, before we think about the presents, the festivities or the warm coffee brewing downstairs, may the breaking dawn bring Jesus to our minds. Jesus, who has brought a new day to our world. Jesus, who invites us to follow him, removing the stain of our sin, bringing dignity and hope to our weary soul.