Each day brings us closer to celebrating the birth of the Lord Jesus, and the anticipation continues to grow. The lights around town take on a brighter glow. The Christmas carols being played on radio become more precious as we sing along to “Silent Night, Holy Night, All is Calm, all is bright”. We dream about actually having a silent night to which we could just sit and reflect on that Holy Night so long ago.
Maybe our days around Christmas are not filled with wonderful memories, or we are not going to be spending this year with friends or loved ones who for various reasons, will not be sitting around our tables. Some years, we can only dream about “I’ll be Home for Christmas” because circumstances dictate otherwise. In those years when Christmas in our homes, is not the Christmas picture we have seen and dreamed about in so many Norman Rockwell pictures or Hallmark movies, we begin to ponder, just what was the night like when Jesus Christ was born. Did He really come to give us life and that this life could be abundant with hope and faith? When will our hectic lives give us nights when all will be calm? Was it a Silent Night when Jesus was born? Probably not. Bethlehem was full of people who had come to partake in the census. It only became a Holy Night because of the birth of the Savior. He came as a little baby, destined to take up His cross for our sakes. But the stillness which He offers to us is a stillness in our hearts. That, because of Him, circumstances of loneliness, depression and/or sickness can still offer all of us, hope of an eternal life to come, when sin will be no more. That is our hope in Christ Jesus! Where or who are we putting our hope in this Christmas?
As I approach December 25th, are my thoughts on that Holy Night so long ago. Am I continuing to live to bring Joy to my world? Is my life such that others watching me would “give glory to God in the Highest?” Do I give my heart a chance to be Silent for even a night, that my hopes and dreams are only on the Christ Child? Am I remembering that “little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie, the hopes and dreams of all the years are yet in thee tonight.”
Good Christian Men Rejoice,for that Star of Wonder, Star of Bright, Star with Royal beauty bright; continues to pursue us, continues to love us and desires that we might recognize that Holy Night, when the stars shone so brightly! It was the night of our dear Saviors birth.
From the cradle to the cross! Because He lives, we can face tomorrow”
Revelation 21:5 “And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold i make all things new”.
A dear sweet friend of ours used to sing a song every Christmas, Ring the Bells, Ring the bells, let the whole world know, Jesus Christ was born so many years ago.
May my heart be silent in awe of wonder before Him and my heart kneel before His throne.
Joy to the World, the Lord has come, let earth receive her King!