A Caroling: O Holy Night
Taking his inspiration from a French poem and accompanying music, Unitarian minister John Sullivan Dwight penned the most well-known version of this song in 1855. For me, this has always been the most reverent of Christmas songs. Much like “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” , “O Holy Night” reflects upon the yawning gulf between man and God, invoking the idea in the third line: “Long lay the world in sin and error pining.” It almost immediately turns, though, to the “thrill of hope” we can all feel in Christmas. Something new is starting on this “glorious morn,” and, boy howdy, is it exciting! This is the dividing line between the past and future, between death and life. It’s worth singing about, but this tune is rendered so grandly, so sweepingly, that it calls us to “fall on our knees” and remember where our devotion belongs. None of us did a thing to usher in this grand, holy night. It was God, in his graciousness, who sent the offer of salvation with his son. No one else could have done it, and no one else would have done it, because it is only God who “so loved the world.”
My prayer for you, dear reader, is that you would give your life to Christ in this season, because He, on that “night divine”, gave His to you.