Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A Thrill of Hope

Guys! It is December the 8th! Christmas is coming so fast and I don't have time to sit and feel Christmas-y. I have not even had time to decorate the apartment with Ashleigh which just sucks.

However, since my schedule is so busy, I have had to intentionally think about the fact that it is December and my favorite season is here.

Think about it with me for two seconds. (okay, maybe a little longer)

Now, I know there are a lot of Grinches out there. You may be one of them. And that is okay. Then there are the people who don't even remember the real meaning of Christmas, what it really means and stands for.

Between these two things, it is easy for a lot of people to become bitter towards this holiday. However, because of my passionate love for the holiday, it can't affect my mood.

I know it is sad people forget the real meaning of Christmas and a lot just tend to focus on the gifts, the parties, the lights, etc...I feel your pain Cindy Lou-Who...BUT- here's the thing...They are still happier. Unless they are a Grinch or Scrooge, everybody, whether they know it or not, are coming to a time of celebration because of the birth of Christ.

Ha! They are being tricked into celebrating the birth of Christ. :)

Okay, probably not ideal but still. I don't want to let the burdens of this world keep me from celebrating the best, most meaningful holiday ever. It is a time of happiness. Don't try and fight it, that's just dumb.

I was listening to "The First Noel" the other day and these lyrics which I have sang probably a bazillion times caught my attention.

"A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices"

That is what Christmas is: A thrill of hope. And because of this, the weary world with all of our struggles and all our pains, we can find reason to rejoice because Jesus came to earth. Something pure, undefiled, and sinless, came to this world to save us and love us. I won't ever be able to fully comprehend that but I know it is a pretty dang-good reason as to why I should celebrate.

So all to say, I hope you guys enjoy this holiday. Spread the cheer, don't hinder it. Rejoice!

May you not just experience this thrill of hope but also be a thrill of hope for someone this Christmas.

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