Daily Advent Devotions from Church Street UMC

Saturday, December 4

By Laine Thomas

Silent Night, Holy Night

Read Psalm 62:5

“My soul, wait in Silence for God only, for my hope is from Him.”

It’s hard to imagine silence in the heart of the Christmas season. There is always so much to do.  The season is filled with so many gatherings and traditions that finding quiet can be very hard.  And yet, it’s silence I often find myself craving. Silence becomes a chance to anticipate all that is to come.  

Every year, after I put up my Christmas tree, I love to turn all the lights in my house off, only having the tree lit. It’s a moment to enjoy all the anticipation of the season. To sit, in silence, and know that it will be a special year. While there will always be more to do, the start of the Christmas season is a perfect time to take a moment and breathe in the silent, holy beginning. There is no rush in those first moments.  

I think of Mary during this time, anticipating the birth of her son and all that will come. I see her enjoying her last moments of silence before the world changes forever. “Silent night, holy night.  All is calm, all is bright.”

I hope this season you can find your moments of silence. Let it be a comfort from the noise of the everyday.


Lord, as we celebrate this season, let us find moments of silence to take in the moment. Allow us to quiet our minds and hearts and see the true meaning of the season. Let the twinkle of Christmas lights be a reminder of all the special moments this season brings and let the silence be fulfilling. In your name we pray, Amen.

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