Thursday, December 25, 2008

Prince of Peace Sleep in Heavenly Peace

"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 "

Joseph Mohr (1792-1848) wrote the words to "Silent Night" in 1816 while priest at Mariapharr. On Christmas Eve 1818, he asked his friend Franz Gruber (1787-1863) to write the tune for Mass that evening at St. Nicholas Church in Oberndorf where Mohr had been assigned in 1817. Wouldn't you know that there are several erroneous stories running through the internet about the beginning of the most popular Christmas hymn in the world! But I have searched long and hard and here is where you can investigate the "rest of the story:"Bill Egan's Silent Night Museum, Egan's article "Silent Night: The Song Heard 'Round The World," "Silent Night, Holy Night -- Notes," Hyde Flippo's "Silent Night and Christmas," the Stille Nacht Gesellschaft by Manfred Fischer, director of the Silent Night Museum and Chapel in Oberndorf, Austria.

Stille Nacht" (Silent Night) has been translated into over 300 languages and dialects. Many versions in many languages can be found at Jako Olivier's Silent Night Museum website.

I can think of no better focus than this beautiful hymn this blessed Christmas Day. This song draws us to quietly reflect on the scene of "all is clam, all is bright..." Oh, to look on the young mother and precious baby Jesus. This week I'm calling out to all you Christians to value your sleep. Look at this song...blessing the precious baby to sleep in heavenly peace.

When we realize who is in this manager and the significance of His birth; we should have all the confidence we need to receive heavenly sleep every night. What is the significance of this birth? What is Christmas about -- really? Perhaps most of all, "Silent Night" is beloved because it reminds us in its simple, but exceedingly clear way, the truth behind it all -- the truth that changes everything:
"Christ, the Savior is born!"

Sing it again this Christmas and let its gentle peace wash over you and its bold assertion renew your soul.

"Jesus, Lord, at thy birth!"Jesus, Lord, at thy birth!"


Lord,

On this beautiful Christmas may I ask for Your blessing of sleep in heavenly peace to come to everyone reading this blog. Renew their strength and soak them in Your Love. All any of us need is Your indwelling Presence. We only have this gift because of Jesus Christ. Oh, Lord, just give me Jesus!!! Amen
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2 comments:

Angela @ Refresh My Soul Blog said...

Amen! Merry Christmas sweet one!
Love you!
Ang

Marilyn in Mississippi said...

Kay,
I hope you had/are having a wonderful Christmas Day. I imagine that it has been emotional for your family if this is the first Christmas you have faced without your dear husband.

Thank you so much for the kind words you left on my blog! You are a real blessing. I pray the Lord continues to help others through you!

Love ya,
Marilyn

© 2008 Kay Martin

Thrive In Christ

Who I Am In Christ by Neil Anderson

For several months we will center on this book to pursue Thriving in our Christian journey.

Neil challenges us with: "Do you know who you are in God's eyes? We are no longer products of our past. We are primarily products of Christ's work on the cross. Who we are determines what we do.

You are not who you are in Christ because of the things you have done, you are in Christ because of what He has done. He died and rose again so that you and I could live in the FREEDOM of His love."

That's just the introduction. More to follow.