Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Advent 30 Day Retreat: Week 3 Day 16

Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Jane Borg 

As we move through Advent closer to Christmas, we tend to hear and maybe even sing our favourite Christmas carols. Mine is ‘O Holy Night’. It is a beautiful hymn and today, as much as when it was written, it speaks into the needs of our world and our hearts….

Margaret Tarrant Christmas Card - "Carol Singers"

'Long lay the world in sin and error pining. 
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth. 
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, 
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.'

It would be easy to despair at the state of our world and our society, with God being pushed aside. Yet Christmas reminds us that there is hope amidst the trials, joy amidst the sorrow, triumph amidst the pain. A new and glorious morn will break once more this Christmas  and we will  rejoice with the angels singing ‘Glory to God in the highest’.

O Holy Night…. The night our saviour was born.