O come, Thou Dayspring
Come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadows put to flight
Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, o Israel
For all the reputation Christmas has of being “the most wonderful time of the year,” it sure can bring some blues with it, ya know? I am thinking of all the precious people I know who are fighting painful battles right now. Some who have lost loved ones this year and are facing their first Christmas without that one so unspeakably dear.
How do we do it? How do we push through the “gloomy clouds” darkening our inner atmosphere? How do we find joy in the midst of what has been the most difficult year so many of us have ever endured?
The famous lyrical lines above are not just holiday sentiment. They are bedrock for our souls. If you are feeling buffeted by difficult emotions right now, the Dayspring is a breath away. The Dayspring – the One who causes a new day to dawn. The One who breathes new hope into us after the darkest of nights. Through this song, Holy Spirit invites us to cry out for the Dayspring to come in close.
Have you ever used this name of His, the Dayspring, in prayer? Have you ever cried out, “Dayspring, please come to me! Put to flight these shadows with the brightness of Your coming!”
Sooner than the cry leaves your lips, He has already heard it. His comfort is very, very real. He is right here with you. As you draw near to Him, somehow, supernaturally, He has a way of dispersing those gloomy clouds with the very light of His countenance.
When He whispers to your heart, “I love you. I am with you. Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world,” it is not a pat answer. It is not a platitude. It is not superficial, convenient counsel for lack of anything better to say. When He speaks those words to you, they carry with them an infusion of strength. With them, He pours Himself into you. He gives you what you need to carry on.
Cry out to the Dayspring. He will come. He will cheer your spirit with His advent, with His coming in close. He will quiet your troubled, tossing emotions with His tenderness. He will lift your face to His with His love. He will disperse the gloomy clouds of night.
Yes, even now, He is here. Don’t be afraid, deeply loved child of His heart.
“Through the tender mercy of our God, with which the Dayspring from on high has visited us; to give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace” (Luke 1:78-79, NKJV).
Is someone close to your heart facing a difficult holiday season? What are some practical ways we can be instruments of His comfort to dear brothers and sisters hurting right now?