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Silent Night

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Shepherds field in Bethlehem

My family and I wake-up daily to the sound of minarets announcing the call to prayer. Several days ago a different sound echoed throughout the neighborhood, the sound of “Silent Night” by the Catholic girls school.

Silent Night

Silent night, holy night!

Shepherds quake at the sight

Glories stream from heaven afar

Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!

Christ, the Saviour is born

Christ, the Saviour is born

Shepherds quake

That night there were shepherds in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified.” (Luke 2: 8-9)

The radiance of God’s glory can be frightening but also bring greater hunger for God.

A chorus of angels

Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in highest heaven.’” (Luke 2: 13-14)

Heaven rejoiced at the birth of Jesus and proclaimed glorious praise.

The Savior is born

When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’” (Luke 2:15)

Personal fear turned to godly desire and the shepherds pursued God, being manifested in the birth of Jesus. Terror often leads to wonder.

Glorifying God

The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen.” (Luke 2:20)

Encountering Jesus caused the shepherds to glorify God and created an urgency to tell their experience to others.

The challenge

Let the wonder of God fill your heart this Christmas. Encounter Christ the Savior in a way that causes you to tell others about Him.

In what practical ways are you planning to reveal Jesus this Christmas season? Share your comments below.

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