Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”
The Christmas carol; O Holy Night; unfortunately like many Christmas carols often fades into the white noise of familiarity.
This morning let us read it as a poem with fresh eyes and be reminded of its depth and truth and meaning.
O HOLY NIGHT
1. O holy night! The stars are brightly shining, It is the night of our 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! O night divine, o night when Christ was born; O night divine, o night, o night divine!
2. Led by the light of faith serenely beaming, With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand. O’er the world a star is sweetly gleaming, Now come the wise men from out of Orient land. The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger; In all our trials born to be our friend.
He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger, Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend! Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!
3. 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, With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we, His power and glory ever more proclaim! His power and glory ever more proclaim!
Let us pray: We thank You for this gift of love. This gift that made an ordinary night long ago sacred by Your presence. We feel the thrill of hope in a weary world. We remember the love that Christ taught and embodied. We ask today that You would teach us to abide by Christ’s law of love and gospel of peace. We give thanks for that holy night. Amen.