The life of Christ is the ultimate gift of peace. His birth being the dawn of that offering.
6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Silent night has always been one of my favorite songs because of the peaceful feeling that always accompanied it for me. A few years ago I had an experience that gave it even greater meaning:
It was a particularly overwhelming Christmas for me and it seemed that everyone I talked to was running behind that year too and feeling frustrated about it, just like me. Even though I know it isn’t about the list of tasks we assign ourselves, it seems that each year I allow that part of this season to overwhelm me…
That year as I sat in a particularly uplifting session of church I was overcome by one line from of the song Silent Night, “THE DAWN OF REDEEMING GRACE”. As I sat there with tears streaming down my face the significance of those words sinking deep into my heart I sincerely understood, perhaps for the first time, what Christmas is really and truly about. Yes it’s about the birth of Christ, but even more than that it’s about that night being the dawn, the beginning, of our salvation because finally the only being who had the grace, the power, to save us had arrived! How grateful I am for that grace and that redemption, for my Savior and redeemer, for His infinite love and His patience with me and my weaknesses! How grateful I am for a time each year to reflect on what that DAWN OF REDEEMING GRACE means to me personally and how I will allow it to permeate my upcoming year.
Song: Silent Night by Taylor Swift
Song: A Baby Changes Everything by Faith Hill
Challenge: Ponder on a time when you felt the potency of the peace of Christ in your life and express gratitude for that time and those feelings.