Happy Monday!

It’s the last Monday before Christmas and now comes my all time favorite.  It has withstood the hands of time.  It was written in 1816 and performed the first time in 1818 at a midnight mass in Austria.  Over 200 years ago, it must have actually been a silent night.  But what about over 2000 years ago?

Can you imagine?  No traffic, no partiers, no airplanes overhead.  Just silence.  But – a baby changes everything and this baby changed the world.

Even the stars knew of His arrival and served as a guide for others to come pay homage to a King in a manger.  A young virgin mother and a carpenter as His earthly father.  And God hand picked them.

The heavens must have been rejoicing for this long-awaited birth!  And yet, even though it had been told it was coming for a very long time, not everyone believed in His arrival.

So, when I hear this song, it always puts me in a very pensive mood.  How did Mary and Joseph feel?  It was different for them than most new parents.  They were chosen to raise the son of God.  Was it strange for Joseph to be teaching the son of God carpentry skills?  Did Mary need to teach him common manners and kindness?

No wonder it was a silent night!  I close my eyes and try to put myself in a quiet corner observing this miraculous night and all it was to bring.  And in my heart pray that she didn’t even guess what was coming 33 years later.

Pray Unceasingly!!

Lois

 

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 Al-le-lu-ia!
Christ the Savior is born!
Christ the Savior is born!

Christ the Savior is born!

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, oh, 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
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth

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