Silent Night

Is all calm with you? Do you have the “heavenly peace” spoken of in this famous Christmas carol? Or this Christmas, are you again caught up in the whirlwind of activity and buying just for the sake of it with no recollection, or maybe just a faint remembrance, of what this holiday is really all about? It’s an old saying but very important, “Jesus is the reason for the season”.

A virgin conceived the Savior through the power of the Holy Spirit and since He inherited no sin nature from Adam, He could be born and grow up to be OUR Savior! He was a “Holy Infant” so tender and mild. He never sinned, was God in human flesh, and shined “love’s pure light” for all the world to see. The Age of Grace dawned on the human race. The offer of redemption was proclaimed and the final stage was a cruel, rugged, Roman cross where the Savior bled and died for our sins.

Here is a review of the song Silent Night from the website “A Godly Heritage”.

Silent Night

What is it about Christmas songs that we love so much? Maybe it’s that we only play them for a short period of time every year. Maybe it’s that we can’t remember the first time we heard them which has lead to them being ingrained into our very soul. Maybe it’s that in the midst of Christmas shopping, wondering where we’ll spend the holidays, trying to keep all of the family happy with the perfect tradition, and attempting to avoid a wreck every time we’re on the road, when we hear the familiar words of a Christmas carol, it puts a smile on our face and a peace in our heart.

Many tales and legends have been spoken about how this beloved tune came into being. Some say that mice chewed through the organ pipes so that on Christmas Eve the music leader had to frantically write a new song that could be sung to a guitar. Others believed that the man who claimed to write the melody could not have possibly done so. They believed that the fine tune was written by Mozart or some other widely acclaimed musician.

However, the truth to Silent Night is a simple one. Just as the song is uncomplicated, the story behind it is plain itself.  They lyrics to this hymn were written in 1816 in German by the Austrian priest, Father Joseph Mohr. Two years later he asked Austrian Franz Xaver Gruber to compose a melody to the song on guitar for the choir to preform that evening, Christmas Eve, 1818. The popularity of this song passed slowly from one person to another. While no romantic back story exists for this song, the impact of this lowly tune is worldwide.

Having been translated into over 44 languages, Silent Night could very well be the most popular Christmas hymn of all time. Nearly 100 years after its composition, on Christmas Eve in 1914, during World War One, the French and German soldiers celebrated the holiday by declaring a truce for the day. These enemies came together on no man’s land, exchanged presents, buried their dead, and ended the night singing Silent Night together in their own language (as one of the few hymns they both new).

When I was young I heard a story of a lady who had escaped communist Russia to flee to America in the 1980′s. As a Christian, she was awed by the freedom we have in America. She arrived here around Christmas time. As a young seven year old, I listened to her vividly recount her first exposure to a grocery store in America. She said she walked in and heard the famous Christmas song, Silent Night, coming through the speakers as people shopped. Standing there weeping, she thanked God for allowing her to be in a free country.

This year, regardless of whether you love Christmas music or have a deep loyalty to these carols, don’t just casually play them in the background of your home or tune them out while you’re running errands. Listen to the words that speak of our Savior, the tiny baby so tender and mild, the Son of God, and Love’s pure light, and thank God for those who have gone before us to write songs that point us to His perfect gift. Also thank God that we live in a country that still allows us to publicly proclaim Jesus as the reason for the season.

Silent night, holy night!
All is calm, all is bright.
Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child.
Holy infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight.
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia,
Christ the Savior is born!
Christ the Savior is born.

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

LOBO: Yes, it was a Silent Night, a Holy Night, with YOU in mind. Have you trusted Jesus as YOUR Savior? If not, do it today and HE will be your greatest Christmas gift ever received, and this will be the greatest Christmas of your lifetime!

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