One silent night, several thousand years ago, a child was born in Bethlehem. The sky glistened with stars overhead and all that could be heard was the bleating of sheep and the gentle cries of the cows who dotted the landscape. It could have been just like any other night in Bethlehem wrapped in solitude, but all was about to change.
In the still of the night, when it seemed as if nothing was happening, in fact everything was happening. The stars, moon and heavens aligned perfectly for the gift that the world was about to receive.
To the human eye, it looked like any other night out in the open fields of life. But to God, it was a coming together of the most beautiful symphony that had ever been written. The music was the beat of God’s heart pouring out His deepest love through the birth of His son, Jesus. God’s heartbeat pulsed with abandon as He gave the world His son. Every measure, note and melody was orchestrated perfectly in the silence. Only the moon, stars, and Mary and Joseph were there as witnesses. The greatest gift of love appeared without fanfare one silent night.
Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin Mother and Child, holy
Infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.
Silent night, holy night, shepherds quake at the sight,
Glories stream from heaven afar, heavenly hosts sing
Christ the Saviour is born,
Christ the Saviour is born.
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.
This most magnificent birth humbly began as Mary and Joseph were traveling to Bethlehem to register for the census.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. Luke 2:4-7
Absolute ordinary was ushered into the world turning this night into incomparable extraordinary. The birth was heralded by shepherds, when the prompting of angels caused them to travel to seek out the Savior.
8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” Luke 2:8-14
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Nothing was the same, but everything was different one silent night, when love came into the world accompanied by redeeming grace. A hope filled the world bringing a love that is present today, even in the darkest moments.
One silent night changed the world. Grace reigned down and love took hold. The greatest gift was unwrapped in a manger when the Savior was born.
May we all find the gift of grace and love in the silence of that one night when our Savior was born.