hristmas has always meant peace to me. Peace on earth, to men of good will. And as the years go by and I see less and less peace, I find myself longing for the peace that passes all understanding. Even so, come quickly, Lord!
From joyfulheart.com, some thoughts on why this Christmas carol has become so popular.
Why Is "Silent Night" So Popular?
Why has "Silent Night" become our most beloved carol? Is it the wordstender, intimate, gentle? Or the tuneso peaceful, so memorable, so easy to play or pick out with one hand on the piano?
It is not a joyous, fast-paced carol like Handel's "Joy to the World" or theologically-rich like Charles Wesley's "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing." Nor does it have a complex tune like "Angels We Have Heard on High."
"Silent Night" is quiet and reflective, calling us to meditate on the scene. It is the ambience conveyed by both the gentle words and melody that create from this carol an oasis of peace.
"All is calm, all is bright."
It calls us to dwell on the Madonna and Child
"'Round yon Virgin, mother and Child,
Holy Infant, so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace."
You feel as the "shepherds quake at the sight." You can imagine as "heavenly hosts sing Alleluia." And you begin to sing "Alleluia to the King" right along with them.
Rays of backlit brilliance highlight many a religious painting, but here the picture of light is painted in words:
"Glories stream from heaven afar...."
"Son of God, love's pure light,
Radiant beams from Thy holy face...."
Just Who is in this manger? What is the significance of this birth? What is Christmas about — really? Perhaps most of all, "Silent Night" is beloved because it reminds us in its simple, but exceedingly clear way, the truth behind it all — the truth that changes everything:
"Christ, the Savior is born!"
Sing it again this Christmas and let its gentle peace wash over you and its bold assertion renew your soul.
"Jesus, Lord, at thy birth!
"Jesus, Lord, at thy birth!"