25 Songs of Christmas: Day 24 – O Holy Night
It’s Christmas Eve. Our house is a buzz with excitement. Food is being cooked and decorated and boxed and consumed. The first gifts passed between Jackie and his Godbrother this morning. We’re packing up presents for our celebration with Susie’s family this evening where there will be more food and more presents and more family. Plus there’s the last minute preparations for tomorrow morning to think about. Can’t forget cookies for Santa and oats for the reindeer. It’ll be hustle and bustle right up to the point that we run out the door to church.
Then everything will change.
The world will slow, lights will dim, and we’ll all breathe deeply as the gradual realization of why we’re here begin to filter through. This is what we’ve waited for, prepared for, and long anticipated. What starts as a subtle stirring at the first strains of Joy To The World, will grow into a full sense of awe as one by one each person passes light from candle to candle and adds their voice to the final chorus of Silent Night.
The transition that occurs when we open ourselves to the communion of believers always seems magical to me, but of course its not. It’s more than that.
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