Saturday, December 24, 2011

Silent Night

Silent night
Holy night
All is calm
All is bright

I've always loved Silent Night. Even as a child it felt special when we sang it in church. Somehow the words of that song captured the essence of that night.

Of course we have no idea what Jesus' birth was like . From the accounts given in the gospels it would seem we have idealized and romanticized the event. Without a place to stay, birthing among braying livestock does not evoke calm in my mind.

Still the song brings with it a sense of reverence and awe that is palpable and penetrates the heart if you truly reflect on it's meaning as you sing.

Christmas eve candlelight service has always been my favorite part of Christmas. As a child (and now) of course I loved the presents and Santa but Christmas eve service holds its own magic.

All the holiday frenzy ceases and we reflect on that silent night. There is such a beauty and a peace that surrounds as people gather together, faces lit by the soft glow of candles and sing. True magic.

Tonight, whether in a church or at home with your family take time to appreciate the beauty of the Silent Night.

Merry Christmas.

8And there were shepherds
living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

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