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Finding Trust in the Silent Night by Caitlin Brenton DeSalvo

Monday, December 3
Psalm 25:1-10

“. . . in you I trust, O my God. Do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me . . . guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God, my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” (Psalm 25: 2, 5)

For as long as I can remember, I’ve attended the Christmas Eve service at Second Baptist. And for as long as I can remember, it has been a highlight of the year and the Advent Season. The peace, calming, and serenity of the service, the words spoken, the hymns sung and their organ accompaniment, the phenomenal fellowship—all play an immense role in the evening’s memorable nature.

There is one part of the service that stands out to me at the moment and stays with me throughout the year. One part of the service that I know I shall remember as long as I live; the lighting of the candles and singing of “Silent Night.” Josephus Franciscus Mohr’s lyrics get me every time: “Silent Night, Holy Night, Son of God, Love’s pure light; Radiant beams from thy holy face, with the dawn of redeeming grace.” The message of his words always leaves me feeling an immense calm and peacefulness. In fact, this is one of our son’s most requested evening lullabies.
When the dimly lit sanctuary is filled with hundreds of candles, my heart is full of hope. Filled with hope for all that will be in the New Year. As the lights continue to dim and the a cappella chorus crescendos, you can’t help but be filled with a hopeful peace. Just like a freshly fallen snow, peace and hope abound.

As we reflect upon the year that’s passed and fill our hearts with hope for the year ahead, may we do it with God at the forefront. As we look ahead to the Advent Season, may Psalm 25:5 be our prayer: “Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”
Caitlin Brenton DeSalvo