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O Holy Night

O Holy Night

Advent 2020 Day 21

O Holy Night

O holy night, the stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the 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,
Oh hear the angel voices!
O night divine!
O night when Christ was born.
O night, O holy night, O night divine.

Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming;
with glowing hearts by his cradle we stand.
So, led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
here come the wise men from Orient land.
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger,
in all our trials born to be our friend.

He knows our need,
to our weakness no stranger!
Behold your King!
Before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King!
Your King! Before him bend! 

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!

Christ is the Lord,
then ever! ever praise we!
His pow’r and glory,
evermore proclaim!
His pow’r and glory,
evermore proclaim!

This week we have considered that apart from God we are enslaved, but he has come to set us free. Further, we have seen that he has come to set the whole world free and deliver us from evil and suffering. We have seen that this is not just an image of victory, but of beauty and comfort. Here, in this passage, is a vision of the end we are hoping for: a king who ushers in an eternal peace, where wolves lay with lambs and lions with calves. This is a vision of what is to come, and it will be glorious.