Thursday, December 21, 2017

A Silent Night...




My husband and I live out in the country and a few years back, on Christmas Eve, the electricity went out and it was out for a while. After returning home from the Christmas Eve service, we were greeted with a silent night. In the country, the darkness is a true one. There are no lights, no sound expect that which nature provides. Just the sky full of stars to light the way.

Every time I think about that Christmas Eve, I’m reminded of the words to the song, Silent Night.

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 Saviour is born

Christ, the Saviour is born

 

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

 



My husband and I went outside and enjoyed the beauty of a silent night, and I thought about that first Christmas where Mary and Joseph welcomed the Saviour of the world. Against the chaos taking place in Bethlehem at that time, two people were celebrating the joyous birth of Jesus, knowing that He was the Son of God.
 

I can only imagine what the shepherds must have thought on that silent night when the angels came to announce the Saviour’s birth. What an amazing experience.

What could have been a frustrating experience, turned out to be a special one for us.  

So, this Christmas, amongst the hustle and bustle of the holiday, I hope you have a moment to find your own silent night and can take some time and remember that first Christmas and the Miracle that was born to us that day.

 


 

 
 

Mary Alford

7 comments:

  1. Mary, thanks for sharing these thoughts about a silent night.

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  2. What a sweet post, Mary. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Merry Christmas Mary! Thank you for sharing!

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  4. We live off to ourselves, too, Mary, and I'm constantly delighted by God's creation. Thanks for sharing, and Merry Christmas!

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  5. Thank you for this lovely reminder, Mary! Nothing quite compares with the utter silence away from the city--not to mention the billions more stars we can see without city lights intruding. What a glorious sight it must have been for those shepherds so long ago!

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  6. Very lovely. We live in the burbs. But growing up in the country I remember dark, starry nights. I love this song. Thanks for the post.

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