As I added favorite Christmas songs onto our Amazon Prime Music playlist, I decided to add some that I hadn’t yet heard. I typically stick with songs I love (and only particular versions), but this time I was willing to try new songs because I could always delete them later (and some I definitely did).
I added several Christmas songs by “For King and Country” (and have loved them all). I’m so glad that I did because one of their songs has given me a new phrase to love and ponder – a phrase which describes my perspective perfectly. The song is called Baby Boy (click to listen).
If you told me all about your sorrows
I’d tell you about a cure
If you told me you can’t fight the battle
There’s a baby boy who won the war
The war was won by a baby boy
Alleluia, we can sing it
Alleluia, heaven’s ringing
Endless hope and relentless joy started with a baby boy
Oh, before that silent night
No savior and no Jesus Christ
The world cried out so desperately
And the baby boy was the reply,
Yes, heaven’s reply was a baby boy
See, the king is coming down
And he’s here without a crown
The baby boy without a bed
Giving life back to the dead
And hear the angels shout it out
As the people come and bow.
Alleluia, what a king
The line that has resonated so deeply with me is this: “Endless hope and relentless joy started with a baby boy.”
Endless hope and relentless joy – a phrase that so perfectly describes our journey with Tori and our perspective about life and eternity.
We have endless hope because we trust what God has said and done. We believe Him. We believe that He sent His son, Jesus, to be born (Christmas) and die for our sins. We believe that He rose again (Easter) and conquered death so that we who believe in and follow Him can have everlasting life. Death has no sting for those who trust in Jesus.
We have relentless joy because we know that, ultimately, God wins. We win because of Jesus. We will leave this broken earth someday and join Jesus in Heaven, forever. No more pain, no more sorrow, no more brokenness. This world will continue to deteriorate, but it isn’t our forever home.
Because we believe that God is sovereign, that He redeems, that He loves us passionately, we can have joy no matter what happens in this life. We can have joy even when He allows our daughter to have a terminal genetic disease. Our joy is relentless!
It all started when Jesus came to be born as a baby – that was Heaven’s perfect reply to the brokenness of this world. And it is still enough today.
As we celebrate Christmas this year, remember that phrase. If you’re feeling down, remember that we serve a Risen Savior who has given us endless hope and relentless joy. Remember that this world and the losses we experience are temporary. He will redeem all of this brokenness in His perfect timing. Our loved ones in Heaven are rejoicing and that is what we should be doing, too.
We miss Tori every day, but the fact that we will, one day, be reunited FOREVER is the truth to which we cling. It gives us hope, it gives us joy, it gives us peace. Heaven is the place for which we long because it’s where we were intended to be. That’s how we still have joy – relentless and full – this Christmas.
“Endless hope and relentless joy started with a baby boy.”