I'm not gonna lie.
This last year has been a little rough. Definitely a step up from the one before, and the one before that (PTL!), but I've found myself weary on several occasions. I would absolutely go back and do it again if it meant that I would learn all the things that I've learned and grown in all the relationships that I have grown in. I think (think being the operative word) that I am a better person today than I was this time last year. In fact - I KNOW that I am. I know victory in at least one area today that held me captive this time last year.
Lately, I have spent several hours in prayer for several of my friends who seem to be a whole lot more weary than I have been this year. To quote Brennan Manning: they are "beat down, bedraggled beggars" and as hard as they try to shine with the radiance that comes from walking with the Lord, the truth that life is hard has, at times, had the best of them.
It just so happens (wink wink) that my heart in prayer for this handful of friends and family has coincided with my attempt to get in the "holiday spirit". So, I've pulled out my Christmas Cd's, decorated the apt, & started my shopping. Funny thing: the Lord has practically beat me upside the head with a truth that has me so encouraged.
Are you ready?
THE WEARY WORLD REJOICES.
Christ, as a baby, was an answer to hundreds and hundreds of years of prayer. Can you imagine how excited the Jews must have been?! The thrill of hope! When I think about that, it's all I can do to not rejoice man (see picture) right out of my chair! The Messiah was the answer to all their problems, and the solvent to all of their wounds. For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn! Little did they know that His nail-pierced hands would be the very thing to bandage their hurting, sinful hearts.
I don't know how I forget that. That same Messiah is seated at the right hand of God on high, living to intercede for me; for my family; for my friends. And today, the same weary world has reason to rejoice.