Truly He taught us to love one another, His law is love and His gospel is peace. Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother, And in His name, all oppression shall cease. Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we, Let all within us praise His holy name!
Christ is the Lord! Oh, praise His Name forever. His power and glory evermore proclaim. Oh, night divine, oh, night when Christ was born.
I sat tonight, while nursing our youngest daughter, and started to sing Holy Night. It is, by far, one of my favorite carols. Not because I like the sound of the melody or because it has a catchy beat, but because of the words.
Tonight as you are placing gifts under the tree or putting together an impossible toy for your kid, or stressing over the fact that you forgot the eggs for Christmas breakfast…stop. Stop and remember what happened on this night over 2,000 years ago. Shepherds were tucking in their flocks for the night, a seemingly common woman was going through the throes of labor pains and all of the angels in Heaven were awaiting to see God’s son come into a sin riddled world.
We hear it time and time again that God’s ways are not our ways. In a day and age when we schedule the day we would like our children to be born or when we want our pizza to be delivered or how often we would like to have our ongoing supply of Pampers shipped, we fail to see how the unplanned things are sometimes the most important.
The unplanned things surprise us and catch our eyes and ears. The seemingly small events can grow to mean something truly monumental and life changing. It was this night that a little baby came into the world to grow up and be the Savior for ALL. Not just the ones who lived during his life time, not just for the ones that he met personally, but for ever single person that would ever grace the womb of an expectant mother, and every person who would come to believe in Him and in the One who created him.
On this night of nights, a baby would come to break the chains of our slavery to sin and the bondage of self. He will grow to teach us to love and to cherish each other because we are all created by the same powerful and wonderful God. We should indeed sing glorious songs of praise and we should ALL fall to our knees in the presence of this most precious baby who came to save us from death! Oh how marvelous it must have been to hear the angels singing that night and to gaze upon the face of a baby that looked like any other, but had that something special about him!
I love this night and all that it stands for. It’s a night of excited anticipation and of great joy in what is to come! It’s not celebrated with trumpets or a ticker tape parade. It’s not counted down with a shiny ball or rung in with cheering. It was silent and calm. It was a night when everyone laid their heads to rest and prayed to see another day. A holy night… for yonder breaks a new, and GLORIOUS morn!
Have a very blessed Christmas tomorrow everyone! Rejoice, for Christ is Lord and praise His name forever!Tags: Birthday, Christmas, Eve, Hallelujah, Holy Night, Jesus, Praise, Worship
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