As a mom of 4, I often long for the silent moments. Who can relate? Silent nights, morning, mid-day. I’m not picky, just some peace and quiet. During those moments of reprieve, I find myself just stopping to take a breath. I think about the need and longing for silence, to sit in a space where I can just simply exist without expectations, needs or thoughts. The quieting of my soul. To just simply be.
Shifting my thoughts to this song and this particular Silent Night, I think about the grandeur, and the holiness but also the truth that this night was not silent as we see it at all. The angels were singing “Alleluia”, the Shepherds hearing the angels sought out the manger to find Jesus as they glorified God. Mary treasured and pondered these things within her heart.
This night was not a silent one in the way we think or the quietness I long for in breaks from life; rather it was a busy, holy, glorious night. One that brought a silencing of fears, the ushering in the dawn of peace between God and mankind. A night where we can simply exist, and find rest, peace, and joy in the midst of chaos.
The times that I seek to simply be, I find the greatest peace and rest found in Jesus. The holy ushering in of the Savior has come. I can sit in this chaos of life and join in the praises of the angels, sharing this amazing news with others while treasuring and pondering all that Jesus is. I can simply exist in chaos because of Jesus while finding rest for my soul.
Prayerfully read the scripture passage. Ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you about this story giving you a fresh perspective. Then treasure and ponder what He has spoken to you.
All hymns referenced throughout the series found in one spot. Some versions are traditional. Others…not so much. Enjoy!