Oh Holy Night speaks of the dual nature of hope and suffering in life like no other Christmas carol. It speaks to my heart and gives me reason to praise. As I seek to sing in a season of remembrance and hope, the lyrics acknowledge I am often pining and weary and hurting. It says He knows this. He knows our need. He knows us! And in knowing Him, our soul finds worth, even in the midst – and maybe especially – when we have trials. We are loved, valued, treasured – of worth. I will overcome my suffering, because He will overcome it – all oppression shall cease. At the top of my lungs, in a pitch I can barely reach, I sing my heart out…
O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of our dear Saviour’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
‘Til He appear’d 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! O hear the angels’ voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born;
O night divine, O 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 is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King, Before Him lowly 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;