Wednesday, December 16, 2015

O Holy Night

O Holy Night is my favorite Christmas Carol. The lyrics are rich in meaning and so many of them have provided much thought for meditation and spiritual journaling. Here are five facts, images and inspirations from the song. (Feel free to pin and share the images!)

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The book, Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas ,  provides some fascinating facts about the song, O Holy Night, including the fact that it was the very first song ever to be broadcast over the radio waves on Christmas Eve 1906, launching a completely new platform for music to be transmitted and enjoyed.  What an amazing experience it must have been to have heard this beautiful hymn on the air waves for the very first time.  Just another miracle of Christmas. Let us pray that all radio transmissions give glory to God the way the very first one did!


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"Long lay the world in sin and error pining, till he appeared and the soul felt its worth." For many, Christmas can be a time of sorrow and loneliness - a time when the smiles and happiness of others can serve as a magnifying glass on one's own struggles. The promise that Christ brings with his incarnation is to show us our own worth.  It is only in Christ, that we can truly understand our dignity and value as the sons and daughters of the most high. John 3:16 reminds us that "God so loved the world that he sent is only son so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life." This Christmas, meditate on this verse from the song and allow the Lord to speak the truth of your soul's worth to you. 


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"A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn." What promise this line from the song provides.  The hope that the incarnation of the Lord brings should give us a thrill!  In his birth, our weary world experiences the promise of salvation, redemption and the "freedom of the children of God" (Rom 8:21)  This Christmas, open your hearts to experience this "thrill of hope" in a new and powerful way.  Ask the Lord to reveal to you how his incarnation has changed not only the world but you personally.  


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"Chains shall he break, for the slave is our brother and in his name all oppression shall cease." In Luke 4:18, Jesus takes up the scroll of Isaiah and proclaims: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free." The Lord Jesus is still in the business of breaking the chains that bind us - chains of sin, unforgiveness, bitterness and addiction. If you are struggling with the chains in your life, I highly recommend Neal Lozano's book Unbound: A Practical Guide to Deliverance .



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Josh Groban's rendition of O Holy Night is one of my personal favorite versions of the song and here it is set to video accompanied by images from the movie The Nativity Story.




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6 comments:

  1. what a magnificent post Debbie!!! I am loving this! Pinning!

    I'm leaving this open actually to come back and reread throughout the day. It's a lot to take in and ponder! Visiting from Ashley's FF hop :)
    Thank you for all the info and your reflection on O Holy Night.

    Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thanks so much Chris - a blessed Christmas to you and yours!

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  2. Loved this post! Josh Groban's rendition is my absolute favorite too. Thanks so much for linking up.

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    1. Thanks Ashley - I had some trouble leaving a comment over at your place but I wanted to thank you for sharing the recipes. I am definitely trying the sugar cookie one this week and the French toast looks DELISH!!!!! Thanks for hosting - a blessed Christmas to you and yours!

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  3. This is my favorite Christmas carol too! It teaches almost all of Christian theology. You quote some great lines but the lines that really move me are "Fall on your knees/O hear the Angel voices." Every time I hear that I almost want to stop and fall on my knees at that very moment.

    Last year I posted a version by a group named Eisley which has a particular effect on me. I'm not sure why. You can listen to it here:
    http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/2014/12/faith-filled-friday-oh-holy-night-by.html

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    1. That is another powerful line. I love how beautiful music can lift our minds to God. Have a blessed Christmas and thanks for sharing the link!

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