Most of us have probably heard the term “Christmas in July.” For whatever reason, stores determine this middle-mark period of the year to be the time to put their merchandise on sale for the upcoming holidays. I don’t know about you, but I love Christmas! However, when it is 100 degrees outside, I am not thinking about Christmas. In fact, I am still enjoying my flip-flops, shorts, and coconut body lotion from Bath and Body Works. I am in no mood for hot chocolate, gingerbread muffins, and Christmas cards.
Apparently, my local Christian station is getting ready for Christmas too, because they started randomly playing Christmas music throughout their normal everyday playlist this month. I thought this was nonsense at first, and I was about to change the channel when I heard this amazing song by Lauren Daigle. Her name caught my attention, because her song I Will Trust touched my heart earlier this year, and I wrote about that song on the Daily Megaphone in January. I have never heard this particular Christmas song before, but it is beautiful. The words are absolutely lovely, and after I heard it on the radio, I looked it up on YouTube and listened to this remarkable song a few more times.
Regardless of the season, any time of the year is a perfect time to reflect on what the Lord has done for us. And that is definitely the heartbeat of this song—“Glory, to the Light of the World.” As I sang along to these words, this “Christmas” song became a worship song to the Lord: “He is the song for the suffering, He is Messiah, the Prince of Peace has come, He has come Emmanuel.” I cannot imagine life without the Prince of Peace. Life it too hard, and there are so many struggles—I am so grateful to know the Prince of Peace and that Emmanuel is my friend. How incredible to know that we can call on Emmanuel whenever we need Him. He is always there—waiting to speak to us.
Despite our mistakes and shortcomings, He still takes pleasure in communicating with us, because He loves us. And even though He already knows the details of our lives, He cannot wait for each of us to tell Him about our day. He longs to hear about our dreams, hopes, and even fears. There have been so many moments where I have cried out to the Lord, because of something painful going on in my life. Yet there are so many times I forget to run to Him when my life is going well. Why do we forget to tell Emmanuel about our joys too? He cares about every part of our life.
I love the words to the bridge of this song: “For all who wait, For all who hunger, For all who’ve prayed, For all who wander, Behold your King, Behold Messiah, Emmanuel, Emmanuel.” We have all been there. We have all had those times when no one could help us. The only One who could do anything was Jesus Christ. I can honestly say that in the darkest moments of life, Emmanuel was my Savior, and He rescued me and brought me through.
I pray this song touches you this “Christmas in July,” and causes you to ponder the wonder of the goodness of our Lord. As Lauren Daigle said, “He is the song for the suffering, He is Messiah, The Prince of Peace has come, He has come, Emmanuel.” If you find yourself waiting or wandering this month, remember the God of the universe wants to talk to you. He is never too busy, and He delights in communing with you. Happy early Christmas to each and every one of you this month!