Sunday, December 7, 2014

Day 8: "Silent Night"

   I will be honest: this is not one of my favorite carols. I will say I have fond memories of singing it as a solo in church when I was about 8. However, it is one of the most widely known carols, so well known, that during the 1914 Christmas truce of WWI it was sung simultaneously by French, German, and English troops in their respective languages, as it was one carol with which they were all familiar. A song that can bring together warring nations (even if only for a short while)? Sounds a little like a Savior I know. I think a song like that deserves a bit of appreciation and respect.

Lyrics: "Silent Night"

The Baptist Hymnal (1991): #91

Questions for thought and discussion:
1. This carol gives us one of the most "romantic" views of Christmas, pictures of a peaceful night, and tranquil Mary, and physically glowing Infant. Do you think this is a negative thing? Should our view of Christmas be more "realistic"? Or is it acceptable to rose-tint it a little because it was such an amazing event?

2. This song specifically refers to Mary's virginity. Why was this so important? Mary's response to the angel's proclamation was simple, but it should really inspire all of us. Seriously think about her obedience in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Is that kind of faith inimitable?

3. Jesus was the "Son of God", but He was also Mary's son. Do you think that ever caused conflict for her? Jesus was completely human (also, completely God). How do you think He felt about His mother?

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