“O Little Town of Bethlehem” was written by Phillip Brooks in 1865. One of the most powerful lines ever written in a Christmas carol is found in this song.

At the end of the first verse you’ll hear, “The hopes and fears of all the years, are met in thee tonight.”  The coming of Jesus our Messiah as a baby is so very important in the plan of God to save mankind. As the song celebrates His birth, note that Brooks uses two words that so describe what we go through no matter if it’s tomorrow or two thousand years ago, hopes and fears.

If you’re reading this, you too may be dealing with hopes and fears. Living in this world produces so many situations that, at times, can dash our hopes and produce fear. However, Brooks states, “…are met in Him tonight!”

This Christmas, Jesus is well qualified to meet your hopes and fears.  Jesus has always been dealing with the hopes and fears of all your years.

What about 2018?  The same God that has been with you will be with you!  The hopes and fears of all the years are met in Him, tonight, tomorrow, and for all of 2018.

My prayer is that you take personally what Brooks wrote to you, that the hopes and fears of all your years, are met in Him, Jesus, tonight, today, and forever. Merry Christmas!

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