12/24 Thursday - Advent Seasonby WCUMC Member on 12/24/20
You may have heard the story behind this carol before. “Silent Night” (or “Stille Nacht” in German) was first performed in 1818 on Christmas Eve in a small village in the Austrian Empire. The poem had been written two years earlier by Father Joseph Mohr. On that Christmas Eve, the organ in the village church had been damaged by flooding. So in order to have some music for the evening mass, Joseph Mohr brought his poem to the organist, Franz Gruber, who composed a melody and a guitar accompaniment. It is a beautiful story and this charming film from 1953 tells it well.
Today’s Bible verse:
6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
Christmas is the time to exalt in Jesus’ miraculous incarnation, then the Word became flesh and lived among us. Our Lord identified with mankind to the ultimate extent, by becoming a man and He became a resident of our world. Don’t let the familiarity of the event of this astonishing miracle dull its effect on you. Recognize that Jesus is the Gift above all gifts, and rejoice with Him.
As we celebrate the wonder of His birth in Bethlehem, celebrate also, your rebirth into eternal life. This everlasting gift was the sole purpose of Jesus entering our sin-filled world. Take time to explore the mass dimensions of His love. Allow thankfulness to flow freely from our hearts in response to this glorious gift. Let the Peace of Jesus Christ rule in our hearts, and be thankful.
Pray with us:
Gracious Father God, This time of year is so precious. We celebrate your birth and anticipate your return to us. Let us open our hearts to the wonder of Your entrance into human history, and our rebirth in your love. Lord, please help us open ourselves to you so that we may give you our burdens, and have you lift them from our aching shoulders. Let us hear Him whispering to us “I am with you” and rejoice in the strength that we gain by spending time with you. In Your wonderful and glorious Son we pray. Amen
(Reflection & Prayer by Kathy Ryan)