Posts Tagged ‘Silent Night’

I’m sure we all have one carol which we consider to be our favourite. What is your favourite?

I’m not sure I have a single favourite as there are a few carols which I really like, some because of the music, other just for their words, and then there are those where the marriage of music and words is a perfect match.

This year I’ve been trying to look at Christmas from a new or different perspective, to try to get that excitement back about the magic of Christmas. In doing so I’ve found myself listening to some different versions of some popular carols, some carols I don’t remember hearing before, as well as some I wish I’d never heard!

There are a few carols which many call their favourite, and one of those is Silent Night. So today I’m sharing with you a version of this carol I found by Pentatonix – It’s both beautiful and challenging.

It’s Christmas Eve, so what does that mean tonight while we sleep?

It means we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ the Saviour of our wold!

So whatever you are doing this Christmas Eve, don’t just get excited because Santa coming, but, more importantly, remember to give thanks to God for sending Jesus into our world.

While You Were Sleeping by Casting Crowns:

Oh little town of Bethlehem
Looks like another silent night
Above your deep and dreamless sleep
A giant star lights up the sky
And while you’re lying in the dark
There shines an everlasting light
For the King has left His throne
And is sleeping in a manger tonight

Oh Bethlehem, what you have missed while you were sleeping
For God became a man
And stepped into your world today
Oh Bethlehem, you will go down in history
As a city with no room for its King
While you were sleeping
While you were sleeping

Oh little town of Jerusalem
Looks like another silent night
The Father gave His only Son
The Way, the Truth, the Life had come
But there was no room for Him in the world He came to save

Jerusalem, what you have missed while you were sleeping
The Savior of the world is dying on your cross today
Jerusalem, you will go down in history
As a city with no room for its King
While you were sleeping
While you were sleeping

United States of America
Looks like another silent night
As we’re sung to sleep by philosophies
That save the trees and kill the children
And while we’re lying in the dark
There’s a shout heard ‘cross the eastern sky
For the Bridegroom has returned
And has carried His bride away in the night

America, what will we miss while we are sleeping
Will Jesus come again
And leave us slumbering where we lay
America, will we go down in history
As a nation with no room for its King
Will we be sleeping
Will we be sleeping

United States of America
Looks like another silent night

It’s late, it’s dark outside and it’s cold, but it’s also a clear evening so you can see the stars shining brightly. So now close your eyes and imagine… it’s thousands of years ago, you see a bright star in the sky and you feel you’re being directed by God to go to where the star is shining. How do you feel?

I can’t imagine how that must have felt for the shepherds or the wise men, however I do know that once they saw Jesus they must have felt honoured and humbled to be the ones chosen to be there on Jesus’ first day on earth.

Now back to the present…

Obviously we don’t have that same opportunity as the shepherd and wise men had to be there on Christ‘s first day on earth, however we can do the next best thing – live our lives to the full by living each day for Christ as if today is the day we are going to meet Him.

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright

I pray tonight, this Christmas Eve that we can all join together to rejoice in the knowledge that tomorrow, Christmas Day, marks the anniversary of Jesus’ birth all those years ago.