O Holy Night

I heard this hymn on the radio yesterday. I hadn’t heard it in years. Long story short, I hadn’t listened to any Christmas music in years.
I grew up singing this song in church, so when I heard it yesterday, I sang along because I knew all the words by heart. It was the strangest thing to sing along, but also feel as if I were hearing it for the first time.**Just listen!

O holy night, the stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth;
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
‘Till he appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn;

Chorus
Fall on your knees, Oh hear the angel voices!
O night divine! O night when Christ was born.
O night, O holy night, O night divine.

Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is Love and His gospel is Peace;
Chains shall he break, for the slave is our brother,
And in his name all oppression shall cease,
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful Chorus raise we;
Let all within us praise his Holy name!

Chorus
Christ is the Lord, then ever! ever praise we!
His pow’r and glory, evermore proclaim!
His pow’r and glory, evermore proclaim!

 

**”The Lullaby Effect”, coined by Rabbi David Fohrman, occurs when something is so familiar that we stop truly hearing the message that it holds.