by: Ginger Jurries
Dr. David Jeremiah suggests a radical idea for enhancing your Advent devotional time: “In planning for Christmas this year, schedule a ‘silent night’ into your calendar:
- Repeat Samuel’s prayer: ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening’ or David’s prayer: ‘Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law.’ (1 Samuel 3:9; Psalm 119:18).
- You might read through the Christmas passages in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke or through the book of Colossians, listing all the attributes that describe Christ. List any Bible verses you would like to memorize.
- Let this ‘silent night’ be your Christmas gift to the Lord Jesus, something that costs something in time and attention, but will end up giving you a fresh heart where all is calm and all is bright.”
From the book Reclaiming Christmas (p 56) by Ginger Jurries
- If it is a beautiful night, go outside and enjoy the stars and the quiet. If you wish you might repeat silently in your heart, Samuel’s prayer.
- Listen to the music and words of the song, “Silent Night.”
Silent Night! Holy Night!
Silent night! Holy night! All is calm, all is bright, Round yon Virgin Mother and Child! Holy Infant, so tender and mild, Sleep in heavenly peace! Sleep in heavenly peace!
Silent night! Holy night! Shepherds quake at the sight! Glories stream from Heaven afar, Heavenly Hosts sing Alleluia! Christ, the Savior, is born! Christ, the Savior, is born!
Silent night! Holy night! Son of God, love’s pure light Radiant beams from Thy Holy Face With the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus, Lord, at Thy Birth! Jesus, Lord, at Thy Birth!
Silent Night, Holy Night Here at last, healing light From the heavenly kingdom sent, Abundant grace for our intent. Jesus, salvation for all. Jesus, salvation for all.
Silent Night! Holy Night” Sleeps the world in peace tonight. God sends his Son to earth below A Child from whom all blessings flow Jesus, embraces mankind. Jesus, embraces mankind.
Silent Night, Holy Night Mindful of mankind’s plight The Lord in Heav’n on high decreed From earthly woes we would be freed Jesus, God’s promise for peace. Jesus, God’s promise for peace.