Hopes and Fears

“The hopes and fears of all the years are met in Thee tonight.”

This line from “O Little Town of Bethlehem” keeps running through my mind this week. Oftentimes I sing Christmas Carols and just mainly enjoy the singing without always paying due attention to the words. After the third or fourth time this ran through my brain, I decided that if the Good Lord is putting this in my head repeatedly there must be a reason. So I pondered those words for a bit.

I really believe that our precious Lord was reminding me that no matter what we face, no matter the future, no matter our hopes or our fears, He is here. He loves us, He wants to help us and He will help us through whatever is before us.

Life circumstances can be so frustrating, uncertain, scary, uncontrollable … by the way, I can hear you saying Amen to that! 😉 Even as I type this though, I am struggling with circumstances beyond my control but dear friends, I tell you truly, the peace of God is with me. I won’t go into details but I will be transparent enough to tell you this because I want you too to have that peace and know the hope that He is always with you. He is Emmanuel, God with us.

God does not wave some magic wand and make everything better. He never promised that. But my dear friends, He does give us what we need, when we need it to face the circumstances of life and live victoriously in Him.

All hopes and fears are truly met in Him.

O Little Town of Bethlehem

O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by;
yet in thy dark streets shine the the everlasting light.
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

For Christ is born of Mary, and, gathered all above
while mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wondering love.
O morning stars, together proclaim the holy birth,
and praises sing to God the King and peace to men on earth.

How silently, how silently, the wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His heaven.
No ear may hear His coming, but in this world of sin,
where meek souls will receive him, still the dear Christ enters in.

O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray,
cast out our sin and enter in, be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Immanuel!

Phillips Brooks, 1868

May the Lord meet all your hopes and fears and grant you His peace,


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