It is that time of the year, again. Thanksgiving dinner ends and the majority of us down shift into a holiday season that represents our religious beliefs, cultural preferences, and presents. For me – it’s Christmas. For many of my friends – it’s Hanukkah. For a few other of my friends – it’s Kwanzaa.
I can only speak from personal experience – but this is always the “busiest” season of each year. Parties, shopping, family gatherings, decorating, baking, school programs, travel, TV specials, church services – all of these wrapped into about 30 days at 100 miles per hour. It’s wonderful, exhausting and at times – a tad stressful.
The other morning on my way to work, I was starting to feel that stressful thing – and a song came over the radio that I hadn’t heard before. At first, I half-listened to the song, but as the melody went on, I fully listened to what the artist was singing. The chorus was catchy and the words were as follows –
“I need a silent night, a holy night
To hear an angel voice through the chaos and the noise
I need a midnight clear, a little peace right here
To end this crazy day with a silent night.”
The song stilled me, as I was reminded of the reason I celebrate Christmas. It also reminded me that unless I am intentional – having silent nights and those important holy nights probably won’t happen. Here’s my thoughts about that. No matter what you believe to be truth – the reason you will be celebrating – silent nights and holy nights are purposefully meant to replenish our soul. They are important to our well-being. They have the power to fill empty spaces in our lives, so that we can fill the empty spaces in other peoples’ lives. They put meaning into our Holiday and into our hearts.
Need a silent night?
Video Link: I Need a Silent Night Amy Grant