“The power of any life,” said Phillips Brooks at the end of our Nineteenth Century, “lies in its expectancy. What do you hope for? What do you expect?”
Six and a half foot Bishops received considerable notice a hundred years ago; but the enduring picture of Pastor Brooks is that of a gentle giant playing on the floor with Sunday School children, frequently leading them in songs made-up just for them. One such children’s song provides inspiring insight into his own expectations:
O Little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by;
Yet in thy dark streets shineth, the everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.
Oh holy child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin and enter in, be born in us today!
We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us, Our Lord Immanuel!
In this sacred holiday season, we pray for all God’s children that their lives may be filled with hope and great expectations. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.