O Holy Night
I received this snow globe in 1997. It's meant to sing O HOLY NIGHT, but alas its music has silenced over the years. Maybe if you're quiet enough you can still hear the singing.
The lyrics of O HOLY NIGHT have a strong message of adoration: "Fall on your knees... O hear the angel voices.." it's designed to sing in worship on Christmas Eve.
This week I'm mindful of several church members here at Grace, but also others who are facing surgeries, have loved ones in hospital, or are experiencing grief. The latter part of this hymn really speaks to me today:
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 raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever,
His power and glory evermore proclaim.
O night divine, O night, O night divine.
It has a profound message of hope and freedom, but also of liberation and justice. At Christ's coming wars, suffering, illness, shall all cease. Advent is about hope- for those who struggle today and for the confidence we place in God's ultimate future.
The Lord who heals all your iniquity bless and keep you;
the face of the Lord who heals all your afflictions
shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the light of the countenance of the Lord who redeems your life
be lifted upon you and give you peace. Amen.