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A Resounding Silent Night

A Resounding Silent Night

Who or what is the most important voice speaking into your life today? Is it a friend, a spouse, a teacher, a pastor, the Lord? Hold an image of that individual in your mind for a moment, pondering their significance. 
 
Now, imagine that that voice—of your friend, spouse, pastor, teacher, God—has suddenly vanished. Where once there was guidance and companionship, now there is nothing but an empty void. Phone calls go unanswered. Letters receive no response. The relationship that was once a lifeline has been replaced with conspicuous and inexplicable absence. 
 
The radio silence continues. For days . . . weeks . . . months . . . years.
 
Four HUNDRED years of thundering silence.
 
This was the story of the people of Israel. Between the close of the Old Testament writings and the birth of Christ, there were approximately four centuries without any prophetic word from God.
 

For four hundred years, God’s chosen people—His beloved children—resided in the silence.

Throughout those silent centuries, fathers tucked their children into bed each night, telling them stories of a God they still worshipped but no longer heard from. Entire generations came and went, remaining faithful to a God whose legacy they had inherited, but who had ceased to make His presence known in their lives.
 
For four hundred years, an entire people clung to the promise of a coming Messiah, not knowing when He may come, but holding onto hope as they longed for the new kingdom He would usher in.
 
And then, it happened. After centuries of waiting, the silence was broken. Not by a prophet’s message or a miraculous sign, but through the advent of God’s own son. Christ Himself came to dwell among us, and the piercing cries of the Sovereign Child shattered four hundred years of silent nights. 
 
 
On that first Christmas night, the infinite became finite when our Savior was born. No longer a disembodied voice or a shapeless prophesied king, He was now dwelling among the very people He had come to save. Immanuel, God with us. Through the intimacy of childbirth, He came from the Father—full of grace and truth—and redeemed the silent years with a Heavenly song of God’s glory. God made His presence known, and in doing so, He demonstrated that He is a God who keeps His promises. He is a God who is for His people. He is a God who saves. 
 
Tomorrow morning, we will celebrate His birth. Joy to the World, our Lord has come! Christ came to dwell among His people, and has remained in our hearts since that first promised appearance.
 
But tonight, on this last night of Advent, we who are still broken and in need of redemption link arms with the Israelites in anticipation of a King who will restore our hearts and make all things new. We are joyfully expectant, celebrating Christ’s first appearance on earth, and eager to be reunited with the One who reconciles us to our Lord. 
 
O come, Emmanuel!
 
Thankful

Thankful

Popping in today for a Special Edition holiday post reflecting on all I have to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. My full list would be long enough to break the internet, so here’s a snapshot, in no particular order. 1) For my smokin’ hot husband who is patient with my mood swings, encourages my dreams,… Continue Reading

Holiday Gift Inspiration: Gifts for Her

Holiday Gift Inspiration: Gifts for Her

‘Tis the season for Holiday Gift Guides! When it comes to Christmas festivities, I’m generally an after-Thanksgiving person myself, but I do like to get the bulk of my shopping done before the busyness of the season sets in. I’m sure many of you feel the same way, and with Black Friday just days away (and… Continue Reading

What’s Working for Me This Fall: My Big List of Traditions and To-Do’s for September Through December

What’s Working for Me This Fall: My Big List of Traditions and To-Do’s for September Through December

I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to feel some end-of-year stress going on. Every year, once September hits, I feel like I’ve boarded a speed train to the end of December. While there’s a lot to love about this time of year (Boot weather! Pumpkins! Fall colors!), these -ber months are so jam-packed… Continue Reading

Father’s Day Musings: What a storm, a big fish, and a stubborn prophet can teach us about fatherhood.

Father’s Day Musings: What a storm, a big fish, and a stubborn prophet can teach us about fatherhood.

The Bible offers many names and descriptors for God, but one of my favorites is Heavenly Father. I realize that this moniker might not be appealing to everyone, particularly those whose earthly fathers were absent, abusive, or lacking in some significant way. Thankfully, my own dad was none of those things. In fact, in both… Continue Reading