O Holy Night

Imagine what it would be like to witness the birth of Christ, to see the hope of the world lying in a manger. Angels heralding, shepherds announcing, but the most amazing sight of all, God incarnate…a baby. For those looking for the Messiah’s coming, they were ecstatic.

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The story of Simeon and Anna are often forgotten in the story of Christmas, but it is probably my favorite part. (outside of the Lord, Himself, coming.) Hopefully, this is the story of us, of me. People faithfully serving the Lord, fulfilling the purposes He has given them, believing His promises to be true, expecting to see Him, rejoicing at the sight of Him, and proclaiming His truth to those around them. (Luke 2:25-38)

Those who were present in those early years of Messiah’s life, knew who He was. They worshipped Him, they declared Him before others, they recognized redemption had finally come.

We have never experienced a world without Jesus. For all of our lives, the lives of our parents and grandparents, for 2000 years, the world has rejoiced because Christ came. Yet, how many of us fail to truly fall on our knees and worship Him as our Savior, our Redeemer. For many, it is just a fact of life that Jesus was born, but they fail to see Him as the only One that breaks the chains of sin and death. Many enjoy the feelings that the Christmas season brings, but how many are looking for God and expecting Him to interject Himself into their daily lives?
Just like Simeon and Anna, I want to rejoice in Messiah’s coming. I want to fall on my knees and worship Him. I long to see Him in my life.

As I imagine that first Christmas, this song plays in my head.

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 e’er pining
‘Til 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 O hear the angels voices.
O night divine O night when Christ was born
O night divine, O night, O night divine.

Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here came the wise men from Orient land.
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friend.

He knows our need, to our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!

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,
Let all within us praise His holy name.

Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever,
His power and glory evermore proclaim.
O night divine, O night, O night divine

Christ is the Lord is the proclamation of that first Christmas and it is what we declare still today. “For my eyes have seen Your Salvation.” Lk. 2:30

~ Regina

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