O Holy Night

Paul Hostetter

READ : Luke 2:8-20

Dear reader, on the day before Christmas reflect on the beauty of this hymn:


O, holy night! The stars are brightly shining;
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till 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! O hear the angel voices!
O night divine! O night when Christ was born!

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. . . .
(Words by John S. Dwight, 1813-93)

PRAYER

Lord of the Day and Night, Father of Jesus Christ, light of the world, may the wonder of your splendor and holiness renew my fainting heart today! Amen.