” 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.”(Joseph Mohr/Fanz Gruber)
One of my family’s favorite things to do on Christmas is attend Christmas Eve worship. It is midnight when we depart from the church and as we go to our car for home the entire family is quiet. All anyone can hear is the sound of the wind and the church bells chiming announcing our Savior’s birth. This moment of stillness is a reminder that God is with us. In the midst of the stillness there is a stillness of the heart. All the worries and cares that were there seemed to disappear if only for that moment. Awe and wonder is all that can be felt in that moment of silence.
It is Christmas Eve, you have door bells ringing, cell phones going off in every other pocket or purse, television going in one room,and possibly chatter of excited children. There is so much going on that you may even be getting a little overwhelmed. I encourage you to take a few minutes to turn off the cell phones, the television sets and pause from the unwrapping of gifts. Just allow yourself to be silent just as it was silent on the night the Christ Child was born. If you are able, bundle up and go outside. Look at the Christmas sky in silence and allow God’s silence to fill you up and renew you. For it was on a silent night that God sent His peace to be with you.
Merry Christmas and may you experience a silent night.
- “Silent Night” most recorded UK Christmas song (reuters.com)