Another Christmas Waiting Still

Have yourself a merry little Christmas

Have yourself a merry, little Christmas
Let your heart be light
Next year all our troubles will be out of sight

Have yourself a merry, little Christmas
Make the Yule-tide gay
Next year all our troubles will be miles away

But what if they aren’t? What if the next year you sang hopefully about last year is this year and your troubles are not out of sight or miles away? What if you believed those words last year to get you through the last holiday season? But this holiday they still are here.

The still small voice we listen for may be ours crying to the Lord once again.

Questions in the Stillness…
What if you are still waiting for your child to return home from active service? Others have returned and your child is still deployed.  What if the passing of your loved one to heaven still weighs lonely and heavily on you? What if a job you gratefully thanked the Lord for two years ago is still gone and last year you prayed for its restoration? What if your own mobility or your child’s is still compromised through injury or illness? What if the prodigal covenant spouse or prodigal child you prayed for last year is still absent or absent and still resolutely in denial?

So many Still situations. It is interesting to me that later versions of this song reflected alternative lyrics… A less finite “From Now On” replaced “Next Year.”

Because, for some of us, our Next Year is miles away. Still.
There are few answers that do not resound as platitudes. There is no magic prayer, potion, or petition that obliterates the Stillness of prolonged waiting. There is just you and me and the Stillness of our entreaty. I wish it were not so for you. Or me.

In reassuring lyrics David wrote,

But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me ~Psalm 13:5-6

David relies on what God has done for him, not what He has not done.  Yes, returning to gratitude again. Millard Fuller, the founder of Habitat for Humanity International advises that when you have a great pain in your life, you need a greater purpose. Would an appropriate purpose be to pray for others, like you and me, who courageously wait in their time of Stillness?

If you are still waiting for something or someone in your own hopeful Christmas miracle, you are waiting for your breakthrough with God. Your breakthrough may be today. Or it still may be miles away. Still, Because of Grace, He is here. And others, including me, will pray for His quiet Stillness to comfort you during these days.

From Now On, talk, or continue to talk,  with God as your friend; be honest with Him about your hopes and dreams. And, although, in our minds, we are just fine with our own “Right Now” timing needs, it has helped me to affirm my faith and trust in Him to accomplish His purposes in my  life through His timing.

Please know someone is praying for you tonight.

Please share your own quote or verse that brings comfort to you

Other Christmas Songs~~~O, Holy Night

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