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By Amanda Viviers

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1: 14

There is one song every Christmas that stills my worrying heart. As its notes begin, I can feel the stress and worry, the hustling and task list making parts of me quiet.

The song is O Holy Night. There is one line in particular that grabs my attention no matter how frantic my mind is.

“A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious dawn”. Twenty-sixteen for us as a family began in deep tragedy. Just the thought of Christmas and those loved ones we have lost is almost more than my heart can handle.

As I sit here though and rest my weary heart on this Christmas morn, the thrill of hope that this season offers sheds light into places, that feel oh so ever dark.

Do you feel weary this Christmas day?

Are you unsure of what this New Year will bring?

On this day, thousands of years ago a thrill of hope, was birthed in a messy manger. It was far from perfect, I am sure there would have been animal droppings and a broken window but there in that isolated place, in a little Inn, a new and glorious dawn erupted into our history.

Scripture tells us, the word became flesh and he made his dwelling among us. As your eyes droop today because you stayed up late wrapping. As your uncle has one too many drinks and says inappropriate things. As your heart heaves with disappointment or unmet expectations, let us together rejoice in the present. Rejoice in His presence. Knowing that He comes into those hard to reach places and dwells with us there. 

Rejoice on this Christmas morning, because He came in lowly fashion to comfort those who mourn and to bring peace on earth. Even today thousands of years later, He is still present in the midst of our messy manger lives.

Amanda Viviers is a novice Mum, writer, speaker and creative coach, she loves helping people find their voice. You can find her online at, or



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