We had what I can only describe as a very special day of worship at my church yesterday. Maybe it’s because our praise team led us in a powerful time of music and reflection, focused around the question, “What Child Is This?” Maybe it’s because our sanctuary was decorated in a way that immersed us in the warmth and joy of the season. Or maybe, at a more personal level, it’s because my daughter shared a beautiful song that she herself arranged. But whether it was because of these things — or simply through these things — I was powerfully moved by what, for today, I’ll describe as the “Fragile and Indestructible Hope” of the gospel.
And so, it’s fitting, perhaps, that the very first sentiment that I encountered in today’s Daily Office was this one from Psalm 9:
I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and rejoice in you;
I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.
I will give thanks to you, LORD…with all my heart. May your Fragile and Indestructible Hope continue to be born in me. And may your Kingdom come, even to folks like us who’ve done such a sorry job of receiving and sharing it.