Silent Night

  • Nov. 30, 2006
  • #6414

Silent night, holy night,
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and Child.
Holy Infant, so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace. 

This may be the first Christmas carol you've heard on the radio, but seeing how all the holiday decorations have been up in the malls and stores for some time now, this may well not be the first carol. But starting tomorrow, December 1st, we will begin the advent journey of celebrating, I mean really rejoicing over God's gift to us in Jesus Christ. And that, friend, is worth singing about any time of the year, right? 

That's one of the things I love best about the start of the Christmas season; I love the carols, I love the Christmas hymns. It doesn't matter if you're an alto or a soprano, if you can actually hold a melody or are tone-deaf, this is the season for singing. And aren't you glad the words to most Christmas carols are so Christ-centered? So full of Gospel truth? First Corinthians 14:15-16 tells us to not only sing with our spirit, it says, "... I will also sing with my mind." In other words, think on the beauty of each word, the timeless truth and doctrine in each carol. Because when you do that, you'll agree that singing Christmas carols can be a wonderful way to share the good news of God with us, Immanuel come to earth to be our Savior. 

So this season when you find yourself humming a carol in an elevator or whistling along in the mall, when you find yourself singing with a few friends these beautiful old hymns, do it the I Corinthians 14 way; sing with your mind, think what you're whistling about, ponder the words as you hum along,sing with your mind and rejoice over the Gospel truth given. 

In fact, I'd like to help you with this, like the carol I sang earlier? Silent Night. I put it on a CD and I'd love to send it to you. It's just one Christmas carol, but it's enough to get you started singing every carol with your heart and your mind.

Music: Silent Night. Words: Josef Mohr. Music: Franz Gruber. Public Domain.

© Joni and Friends

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