A Thrill of Hope

“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

Two more quick thoughts on this favorite Christmas song of mine today (I’m keeping these brief so you and I can spend extra time with Jesus and our families this month!):

1) Our Savior’s appearing is the measure of your personal worth. I cherish this truth that “O Holy Night” highlights. You are an infinitely valuable treasure. Jesus found it so – no price was too great for Him to pay to make sure you knew it; to make sure He got to be with you forever. Let hope ignite your spirit today as you linger in His tenderness… the thrill of hope that can only come from being perfectly loved. Dear one, you are. You are perfectly loved. Jesus has come for you!

2) No matter how thick the darkness around us, His immeasurably more powerful light is yours. You have become part of His dawning. Look up to Him even now. The light of His face is shining on you. Do you see Him smiling at you with delight in who you are? In Him there is always hope, always light, always something better coming. He has come. He is here. We are living in His new and glorious morn.

“The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned” (Matt. 4:16, NKJV).


Do you remember the day when Jesus’ light first shined on you? If so, what sticks out about the memory?

20 thoughts on “A Thrill of Hope

    1. Smiling big with love at joy, reading that. I love that too, so much! Thank you for sharing that, Dawn ❤ What a neat way to think about Him speaking through His written Word, my spirit is so blessed! Sending you lots of love today. And I am so glad I got to read your beautiful and very precious story!

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    1. I like that too! It brings to mind something really neat that my parents took us to as a child. It was called Bethlehem Marketplace, where a local church transformed their sanctuary to look like Bethlehem, and a guide would take each group around the “village,” with actors talking about the angels that had just appeared. It was exciting 🙂


  1. The day Jesus light found me was the darkest time of my life, when I had the absent-minded thought “What would happen if I drove over this median strip?” In the sense of wondering would it be like an action movie and would my car flip rather than any intentional thoughts of self harm. It’s only looking back that I see it was Jesus arms guiding me out of the world’s darkness and into His light.

    Thank you Jesus.

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