Sunday, December 23, 2012

Silent Night, Holy Night


Both of my children always love the candlelight service at the end of our Christmas service. It's my favorite part, too - watching the light of tiny flames spread through the darkened sanctuary until the whole room is aglow and over a thousand voices are singing together, "Silent night, holy night"...

It is a blessing to be there with my family. Redeeming grace, indeed. Through teary eyes I see the smiles on their candlelit faces as they raise them up towards heaven - a tiny glimpse of heaven itself. We pause at the end of the song and it is a moment that is completely silent. Holy. My heart is full. In that moment, complete.

Last night, were encouraged to allow some things in our lives be silenced, and to set apart time that is holy. It is both a timeless and timely message. In the midst of chaos of this season and darkness of this world, we can silence the outside and set apart time in our own homes - and hearts - that is holy.

This Christmas, may we guard our hearts and families from any outside voices. Let us draw closer to one another and embrace the beautiful gift of peace He came to give. Peace not as the world gives...

"I am leaving you with a gift--peace of mind and heart. 
And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. 
So don't be troubled or afraid." - John 14:27

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

Silent night! holy night!

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