Kim Beck reflects on the meaning of her favorite Christmas Hymn, "Silent Night." In the last few days before Christ's birth, we wish you heavenly peace. What's your favorite hymn?
Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright, round yon virgin, mother and child, holy infant, tender and mild, sleep in heavenly peace. sleep in heavenly peace.
Silent night, joly 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, shepherds quake, at the sight, glories stream from heaven above, heavenly, hosts sing hallelujah, Christ the Savior is born. Christ the Savior is born.
For all my years celebrating the birth of Christ this is still my favorite hymn. In fact, as a little girl I couldn't quite figure out why baby Jesus would sleep in "heavenly peas!" It just wouldn't seem like Christmas without singing "Silent Night" at Christmas Eve service. It is a hymn that conjures up memories of Christmases past for many of us. But how often do we sing those words with feeling and belief? Do we truly comprehend the beautiful meaning of those words?
Redeeming by definition is "making a bad or unpleasant thing or person better or more acceptable." And I am so grateful to be a New Testament person with a Redeemer who gives me acceptance. Grace by definition is "unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification." And the older I get the more I'm reminded of just how precious that grace is in my life.
One Christmas Eve, while singing "Silent Night" with our congregation, God let me know as I sang the words "redeeming grace" that He indeed had provided that to my family in His perfectly divine manner. I had prayed for us and we received God's "redeeming grace" in a way I never could have imagined. As I stood in awe of God's sovereignty, power and love a feeling of heavenly peace swept over my soul. Yes, I firmly believe Heavenly hosts were singing Hallelujah in that moment.
"Redeeming grace" is all we need. The birth of the Christ child was the birth of that grace. Through His life, death and resurrection we are gifted with the blessing of living out that "redeeming grace" daily. Let us claim that, live that and share that present with everyone God places in our path.
Many in our family of Trietsch have suffered greatly this year. And we may never know the grief, hurt or loss the people around us are enduring. A prayer for REDEEMING GRACE is fitting for all as we ready ourselves to celebrate the birth of the Christ child.
And a Christmas wish for our Trietsch family; may heavenly hosts sing hallelujah in your heart this season.