DayBreaks for 12/09/14 – All Oppression Shall Cease
One of the most wonderful and impressive of all Christmas songs is O Holy Night. It isn’t easy to sing, but it sure is beautiful! I don’t know if you’ve heard Celine Dion sing it or not, but if you haven’t, you should! (Link to Celine’s version on YouTube – you will probably have to skip the ad after a few seconds!)
I learned something about this beautiful song this past weekend that I never knew. The song was originally written in French in 1847. It was apparently during the time of the Civil War in the United States that the song was translated into English. As one soldier in the Civil War heard it, the phrase that stuck in his mind was “…in His name all oppression shall cease.”
Deliverance, by the way, is one of the reasons he came: Luke 4:18-19 (NLT) – The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the LORD’s favor has come.
That phrase gave new meaning to the ordeal that was being experienced at that time. And today, over 160 years later, it still gives hope and meaning to us, doesn’t it?
With terrorist beheadings, riots in the streets of our cities, brutalization of women and girls throughout the world, the millions of those who are enslaved and oppressed, we are not short on the need for hope. We do know, deep in our hearts, that one day when He speaks the word, all oppression shall cease…forever.
Until that day, let us hope and pray, let us be instruments of His peace…and let us stop oppressing ourselves. We may be oppressing our spouse through our words or actions. We may be treating our children more like slaves than little ones endowed with the very image of God (and a purer image than we adults carry!) We may oppress our employees…or employers. We may oppress our animals and friends. Men often oppress women.
Let’s not. Let’s do our part to not be oppressors, but deliverers from oppression this Christmas.
PRAYER: Forgive the ways that we oppress others, Lord, and help us be instruments of your peace and righteousness! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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