“O Holy Night”

This Weeks Meditation:  “O Holy Night”
Read: Luke 2:1-20

Many people love this time of year for the wonderful Christmas music.  Our family has a tradition each year that we play Christmas music while we decorate the tree and the house for the season.  It’s a fun time that always ends with one particular fun Christmas song when all the decorating is done.

Music speaks to the soul!  It does throughout the year but it seems like it speaks even louder during the Christmas season.  One of my favorite Christmas songs of all time is “O Holy Night”  There is nothing quite like a calm, crisp, night outside and that song playing in your decorated home.  It definitely brings peace during a sometimes hurried Christmas season.

I was interested to learn that this song was actually a poem written in the 1800’s by a French poet named Placide Cappeau.  The Words were then rewritten into a song by Adolphe Adam in 1847.  The words of the poem are very inspirational just like the words of the song.  His poem went like this….

Midnight, Christians, it is the solemn hour,
When God-man descended to us
To erase the stain of original sin
And to end the wrath of His Father.
The entire world thrills with hope
On this night that gives it a Savior.
People kneel down, wait for your deliverance.
Christmas, Christmas, here is the Redeemer,
Christmas, Christmas, here is the Redeemer!

May the ardent light of our Faith
Guide us all to the cradle of the infant,
As in ancient times a brilliant star
Guided the Oriental kings there.
The King of Kings was born in a humble manger;
O mighty ones of today, proud of your greatness,
It is to your pride that God preaches.
Bow your heads before the Redeemer!
Bow your heads before the Redeemer!

The Redeemer has overcome every obstacle:
The Earth is free, and Heaven is open.
He sees a brother where there was only a slave,
Love unites those that iron had chained.
Who will tell Him of our gratitude,
For all of us He is born, He suffers and dies.
People stand up! Sing of your deliverance,
Christmas, Christmas, sing of the Redeemer,
Christmas, Christmas, sing of the Redeemer.

I hope that we all can be inspired by the Awe of that Holy Night some 2000 years ago as we celebrate Christmas this year.  I hope that we will sing of our Redeemer knowing that he has overcome every obstacle and that he was born, suffered, and died because of his love for each of us.

Make it personal: Listen closely to the words of Christmas songs this year as you hear them.  Think about what inspired the writer of those songs to sing about their Savior born for the world.  Have fun with Christmas music but let it also speak to your soul.

Have a blessed Christmas season,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life
Arthur Mennonite Church