Remembering that Holy Night

Rebecca Lee 

One of my favorite things about this time of year is Christmas carols. I will admit that I am a person that will start listening to Christmas music during a month most people would consider to be way too early! But along with the music, we often hear the phrase “remember the reason for the season” because it is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle – making sure parties are planned, presents are bought, family is visited, etc. However, among the busyness, Christmas carols have a way of putting me in the right mind-set for it all. A carol that is one of my favorites and has a special way of preparing my heart for Christmas is Silent Night.

The original words to Silent Night were written over 200 years ago in 1818 by Father Joseph Mohr of St. Nicholas Church in Oberndorf, Austria. While there are three verses popularly sung today, Father Mohr’s original poem had six stanzas, all of which proclaim Jesus as Lord. The verse that captures and focuses my heart is the third and final of the popular song we sing today. The verse says:

Silent night, Holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth

The words of this stanza share the “reason for the season” so simply. On that holy night, God sent His son, the gracious redeemer, to Earth because of His great love for us. For many of us this message is not new or shocking; yet, there is always something about this verse that makes me pause and truly consider the gravity of this act of love. So today, on the Advent: Love Sunday, let’s take a moment to prepare our hearts to truly remember the reason for celebrating this season - that God’s love, displayed through the life of Jesus Christ, and His plan of redemption for all of creation was put into motion that Holy night.

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