Silent Night, Holy Night
For hundreds of years it had been foretold: God was going to give a special gift to the world! One ‘Silent Night, Holy Night’, the prophecy was fulfilled.
Isaiah 7:14 tells us, “Immanuel”, which means ‘God with us’, was coming to earth. Think about how it must have looked: The sky became bright with Glory as the angels were sent to announce the arrival of the King!
Think about Christmas two thousand years ago: Everyone on that night started a tradition. There was gift-giving and receiving. The shepherds received a gift by seeing the newborn Baby in the manger, before any others! They were ready for hope. The wise men from afar gave gifts to the King, without even knowing they were celebrating the first Christmas. We continue this tradition by giving gifts to each other to remember this Holy Night.
Mary, the mother of Jesus, was so faithful. God found favor in her; she was chosen to carry the Savior of the world. God knew His Son would be safe in her care. Joseph was chosen to be the earthly father of Jesus. As foretold in the scriptures, he was a descendant of King David, from Bethlehem. Joseph, having been born in Bethlehem, had to return there because of the census. Unfortunately, Mary was close to giving birth when they were required to begin their difficult journey of a hundred miles, as they only had thirty days to reach Bethlehem to be there on time for the census. Can we even imagine what they went through travelling that far on a donkey, being with child?
Think about the shepherds, alone and forgotten, the last to be recognized. However, on one starry night, an unexpected hope came to them, not given to anyone else. “And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shown around them, and they were greatly afraid. ‘Do not be afraid,’ the angel said. ‘I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign to you. You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’” They immediately went to Bethlehem to bow down and worship what the Lord made known to them. Having no idea they were the first to visit, their hearts were humbled, grateful, and forever changed. They were so amazed by the sight of the tiny King, they went out and told everyone. They never knew so many lives would be touched by their story.
We draw together to cherish the Holy Night that changed the world forever. We need to share the love God has for us with everyone. Our hearts need to have that same amazement that the shepherds had, not just for today but for everyday, for the tiny King that was born on that silent night so long ago. We need to proclaim just as the angels did: The King of Kings and the Lord of Lords has arrived!
-Contributed by Addie and Martha Moose