How silent was the night of Jesus’s birth, really? Caesar Augustus’s census had brought many people to Bethlehem. The town was overcrowded. The animals would have been noisy around Jesus’s manger. Angels were singing and proclaiming in the fields. So most likely, all was not calm around the virgin mother and the holy infant. In fact, that night may have been one of the noisiest, most chaotic nights in Judea that year.
You might feel like the Christmas season is similarly chaotic for your family. Given all the holiday activities, volunteer opportunities, gifts to purchase and wrap, and visits with friends and family members, it’s no wonder we often feel like we need to do less during this season so we can focus more on the gift of Christ’s birth. But all of those things really are good, especially for creating lasting memories with your children. And you won’t find the silent night by not celebrating the season.
You’ll find the silent night in the stillness after the celebration. After you’ve reunited with friends and family, after you and your children have delighted in and rediscovered familiar stories and carols, after you’ve played and rejoiced through the day, that’s where the silent night will be. It’s in the faces of sleepy children when you tell them the story of Jesus’s birth and God’s most precious gift to His people. It’s in “the Son of God, love’s pure light,” who came to us at “the dawn of redeeming grace.”
Merry Christmas, from BJU Press!