CHRISTMAS PEACE

One of my most favorite Christmas songs is "O Holy Night." The text is inspiring and at the same time challenging. From this night "breaks a new and glorious morn." "Christ is born to be our friend." "Truly he taught us to love one another." May this holy season remind us that Christ's "law is love ... and in his name all oppression shall cease." May you know Christ's peace this Christmas!

O holy night, the stars are brightly shining.
It is the night of the dear Savior's birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
till he appeared, and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees!
O hear the angel voices!
O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
with glowing hearts, by the cradle we stand.
So, led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
here came the wise men from the Orient land.
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger,
in all our trials born to be our friend.
Fall on your knees!
O hear the angel voices!
O night divine!

Truly he taught us to love one another.
His law is love and his Gospel is peace.
Chains shall he break,
for the slave is our brother,
and in his name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we.
Let all within us praise his holy name.
Fall on your knees!
O hear the angel voices!
O night divine!

(O Holy Night - 1847 by Adolphe Adam)