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Somewhere in Your Silent Night

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Somewhere in your silent nightI don’t know about you but I feel I am so far behind in my Christmas preparations. I don’t even dare to tell my American friends how behind I am. It’s not the first time either. The first year I was teaching at Concordia College (at Moorhead, MN) I bought my gifts – other than from the college bookstore – at the airports on my way home. I just had been so busy with teaching and grading and everything else that I hadn’t had any time or energy left to think about gifts. This year I am only a bit better. I feel exhausted and so far from having a merry Christmas Spirit. Thankfully, I have this habit of talking to God every morning and I cried out to him about all this. Then I ran into this new Christmas song called Somewhere in your silent night from my favorite Christian group Casting Crowns (going to their concert is on my bucket list) and it felt like grace raining down on me.

Somewhere in your silent night

All is calm and all is bright
Everywhere but in your heart tonight
They’re singing carols of joy and peace
But you feel too far gone and too far out of reach

Somewhere in your silent night
Heaven hears the song your broken heart has cried
Hope is here, just lift your head
For love has come to find you
Somewhere in your silent night

No matter how you feel: unwanted, unprepared or unimportant, it’s not true. Somewhere in your silent night, God sees you and hears you. God loves you and he has come to find you. This is what makes Christmas, not the lavish decorations or the perfect preparations.

For Love has come to find you

From heaven’s height to manger low
There is no distance the Prince of Peace won’t go
From manger low to Calvary’s hill
When your pain runs deep
His love runs deeper still
He has always loved you, child
And He always will

Somewhere in your silent night
Heaven hears the song your broken heart has cried
Hope is here, just lift your head
For love has come to find you
Somewhere in your silent night

There’s nothing God won’t do to find you and surround you with his grace. This is not something new, God has always loved you. And there’s nothing you can do or leave undone to stop him from loving you. God sent his only son to die for your sins so you two could be reconciled.

But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. (Gal. 4:4-5, NLT)

Emmanuel will meet you where you are

Lift your head
Lift your heart
Emmanuel will meet you where you are
He knows your hurt
He knows your name
And you’re the very reason that He came

Somewhere in your silent night
Heaven hears the song your broken heart has cried
Hope is here, just lift your head
For love has come to find you
Somewhere in your silent night

Love will find you
Love will find you
Love will find you

You are not unlovable or unreachable. God knows your name and he knows where you are he will meet you right there. Somewhere in your silent night, in your self-pity and exhaustion, he will reach you. Rest in peace, love will find you.

Needless to say, I was lifted up. All will be well. Not perfect but just fine. Because I have Jesus in my heart, the Spirit of Christmas is with me wherever I go. And that means the party has already started. Hope has come. Also to you, my fellow pilgrim. Also to you.

Let us pray

Dear God,
Thank you for your love,
for sending Jesus to save us.
Remind all of us of the true meaning of Christmas.
Help us to believe that you truly will meet all of us somewhere in our silent nights.
Restore hope, faith, and love within us.
Come and start the celebration in the midst of our chaos.
In Jesus’ precious name,
Amen

Q4U: How are your Christmas preparations coming along? Has the party already started for you? What’s your favorite Christmas song this year?

Be blessed my fellow pilgrim as you let Jesus to start the party within you!

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5 Comments

  1. Pingback: Somewhere in your silent night – YourMinistry

  2. Don’t worry, you can’t be more behind with your preparations than me. And this happens every year. I haven’t sent any cards, I’ve only bought TWO presents so far, I should bake this weekend but there are piles of tests and all that grading… I think I start to be a bit beyond the point of caring, if you know what I mean. Like, who cares, Xmas will come anyway. Plus I already got my best presents – two HUGE answers to my prayers 🙂
    My favorite Xmas song this year, like the previous years, is Carola Häggkvist’s “Himlen i min famn”.

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