Christmas Eve Mediation - Silent Night
Simon and Garfunkel recorded a 1966 version of Silent Night called - The 7 O'Clock News/Silent Night . . .
The Darkest Night of the Year Christmas Eve is symbolically and nearly literally the darkest night of the year. This is the time of the year when the sun reaches its southern-most extremity. So we have the longest night and the shortest day. Just at this seasonal reminder of the darkness of a fallen world, God sent His Son to be born as the light of the world. This is exactly why we light candles in anticipation of the Advent of Christ. The darkest night of the world is overcome by the light of God's Son. Cyprian (b. 200 A.D.) said “O, how wonderfully acted Providence that on that day on which that Sun was born . . . Christ should be born.” Jerome (340-420) wrote, “Even nature is in agreement with our claim, for the world itself bears witness to our statement. Up to this day, darkness increases; from this day on, it decreases; light increases, darkness decreases; the day waxes, error wanes; truth advances. For us today, the Sun of Justice is born.” All of our festivities that have naturally grown around this celebration should remind us, that "It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35). Jesus gave all and we have received. Let us celebrate in faith, hope, and love.
The 7 O'Clock News/Silent Night needs to be remixed...
Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more
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