Great things this Christmas season

“When the LORD brought back the captives to Zion, we were like men who dreamed. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. Restore our fortunes, O LORD, like streams in the Negev. Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.” (Psalm 126 )

One of the things a person learns after so many years is the wisdom and grace to accept the way you are. I have the tendency to be emotional; I am one of those people who weep tears of joy as well as tears of sorrow. On most days my emotions are close to the surface. So these verses carry special meaning to me. I have accepted that in time tears of sorrow will be balanced out by songs of joy. And tears of joy can be celebrated. And furthermore, in both joy and sorrow, our Lord does great things. I echo Jelis Matthijss thought’s when he says, “Oh, therefore do not think, my dear lamb, that the tears you now weep will have been wept in vain; for they have already come before the face of the Lord.”

We are coming to the fourth Sunday of Advent. The scripture passages for this Sunday include Mary’s song of joy. “For the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm.” (verses 49-51b) During her life, Mary the mother of Jesus must have wept many times, and also sang songs of joy. The child she carried was the same Lord who did the great things in Psalms 126.

If is seems hard to reconcile the thought of the baby Mary carried with the God in Psalms, I imagine you are not alone. And yet scripture testifies to this, as did Jesus during his ministry. Yet another example of great things being done.

May you ponder the mysteries of this season. And may our Lord who gave us the greatest gift of all, continue to do great things for you. Selah!

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