Day 24: O Holy Night

by Dec 24, 2020Christmas 2020, Devotional, Songs of Christmas

Oh, holy night! The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn

Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices
Oh, night divine
Oh, night when Christ was born

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


While Christmas Day is my favorite day of the year, Christmas Eve has always been my favorite night. It is a time filled with a sense of awe and thrilling anticipation for the coming morning.  It feels as though anything is possible on Christmas Eve, and potential of what is to come is limitless. 

A personal tradition on Christmas Eve that perfectly encapsules this sense of wonder is the candlelight service. As a child I would attend a traditional service with my family in a small military chapel where we sang hymns and heard the Christmas story. After lighting our candles, the familiar strains of O Holy Night would often play and evoke deep thoughts and emotions into the sanctity of the night:

Long lay the world in sin and error pining,

Till He appear’d and the soul felt its worth.

A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices,

For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

And then, the chorus, ringing out in triumph:

Fall on your knees!

O hear the angel voices!

O night, when Christ was born!

These words echo the same joy and anticipation I felt on every Christmas Eve.  Anything and everything is possible.

Over 2,000 years ago, the most astonishing and extraordinary event in human history occurred: God became a man. The world lay dying and broken in the mess of sin but Jesus Christ left His place by the Father and came to the earth to rescue and redeem all of humanity (John 3:16-17). One day the world was without hope, and overnight, the Messiah, the Savior of the world, was born. 

On this Christmas Eve as the Holy Night draws near with its possibilities and excitement, may you hold on to the hope of our Savior and the promise of His Word. May you rejoice with all creation as the dawn breaks tomorrow and may your Christmas be filled with dreams of the next journey God will lead you on.

Day 16: Silent Night

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