Posted by: Larry Hoekman | December 22, 2015

Christmas Carols — What a Night!

Day 2226: It that time of year to SING . . .

Scripture:  The words of prophecy are proven in Jesus, and I do well to pay attention to these prophecies as they are a light shining in a dark place until the day dawns when Jesus, the morning star, arises in my heart.  II Peter 1:19 

Thoughts/questions:  What an interesting history Oh Holy Night has.  Reputed to be the first song EVER to be played over radio air waves (by violin), the song was originally commissioned by a priest to be a poem. It was written by a French poet in the mid 1800’s and put to music by a Jewish composer.  After finding initial success in the church, it soon lost favor in France.  However, it gained popularity in America when abolitionist, John Sullivan Dwight, translated it into English.  He also used the song as a tool to spotlight slavery in America (see the second stanza) as he told the story of the birth of the Savior.

Oh 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, til 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, oh hear the angel voices! Oh night divine, oh night when Christ was born!  Oh night divine; oh night. oh 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 . . . 

Suggested prayer:  Jesus, thank You for giving me a new and glorious morn . . .

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