Monday, Third Week in Advent
"Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you."
“Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Let your heart be light
From now on,
Our troubles will be out of sight.”
For years “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” has been my favorite Christmas carol. For nearly as long a time, however, I’ve wondered why a song that dangerously approaches melancholy (specifically mentioning “our troubles” and sentimentally recalling “golden days of yore”) would bring me such simple comfort and delight.
Perhaps preparing for finals has left my brain a little muddled, but perhaps I have found a subtle connection between this 1940s Christmas classic and the unique relationship we share with our beloved God.
Learning to understand and accept the boundless love God possesses for us is a difficult task, one we are challenged to attempt daily. However, maybe God’s love is not to be understood but, instead, felt. Maybe you spend years trying to explain God’s devotion and acceptance to yourself, yet one morning, you wake up and simply feel it. Feel it spreading through your limbs, warming your mind and reviving your soul. Once you’ve truly felt God’s love, all your troubles do seem far away. As if you’ve been made privy to “God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began (1 Corinthians 2:7).” Once you’ve felt God’s love, you can be confronted by all the troubles in the world, every single one of your personal demons, but none will feel as near to you as God’s immeasurable and unexplainable love.
So with God’s love shimmering in your heart this season, "hang a shining star upon the highest bough, and have yourself a merry little Christmas now."
-- T.G. Pezzeminti '14