Silent night Holy night All is calm All is bright
As we approach Christmas Day tomorrow I was thinking about the words to this well known carol we sing at this time each year. As I was humming the tune and going about my daily routine I was struck by the lack of silence and calm that surround the Christmas season. It’s more like “Noisy Night” and “All is Chaos”.
I know that left unchecked, I tend to fill my time with noise and activity, and it’s no shock that when a holiday comes along I’m more frazzled and more frustrated than I ought to be. As I write this I realize that God is constantly reminding me to slow down and take time to reflect, pray and consider not only the seasons but also my approach to them. Take a look at Philippians 4.6-7:
“Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Maybe the reason our nights lack silence and our lives the calm we should have, is due to our focus being on the wrong thing. The coming of our Savior should bring us Joy, Peace, Comfort and an overwhelming reminder of the love that God has for us.
My challenge to you on this Christmas Eve is to set aside some time this evening to be silent...to allow the Lord to bring you to a place of calm. Find a quiet place and focus on Him and consider how much He loves you. Then thank Him and share with Him from your heart how much you love Him back. Start your time this evening with the following from Luke 2.14 as the Angels declared over the Shepherds:
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to people he favors!”
Merry Christmas Everyone! Love you all!