I heard “Oh Holy Night” on the radio on the way to church this morning. I thought to myself how cool that would be to have that song sung at my funeral or “home to glory” service. Not a song you would normally think to weave into a eulogy, but I like it anyway. Home for Christmas—now wouldn’t this be a glorious time of year celebration? What better place to be in December— the month we celebrate Jesus’ birth? I can think of no finer place…home with those loved ones who’ve gone before me…my own dear Mother, Steve’s Dad, Grandfather Guy and Grandmother Ethel…just to name a few.
“The stars are brightly shining…,” the star marked and guided curious shepherds that Holy Night ‘till they arrived at their appointed destination. Today, we have God’s words in the Bible as we read about Jesus’ birth in a humble Bethlehem stable.
In the meantime, my mission is to proclaim that birth until God’s second coming to earth. Philippians 2 reminds us, “that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe, as you hold out the word of life.”
“This is the night of our dear Saviors’ birth…” Yes, this is the day—what a day of rejoicing! I, too, can sing with the angels, “Oh Holy Night.!”
Prayer: Oh, God, even though I wasn’t personally there the night the angels sang glorifying your Son’s holy birth, I can read about this miracle and gain godly wisdom within the pages of my Bible. Thank you for sharing your Son and giving us the precious gift of life eternally with you.
Ask: Is there someone in your life who needs to know about Jesus’ birth over 2,000 years ago? How can you “shine like stars in the universe” in your corner of the world?
“Fall on your knees – Oh hear the angel voices – Oh night divine – Oh night when Christ was born – Oh night divine!”