It Was Not a Silent Night. It was a labor of pain It was a cold sky above I take away from the book that life is not as simple as it is made to seem in song and media of all type. Joseph wiped her brow and told her a hundred times that he loved her he loved her, he loved her. They’re difficult. A lady was preparing her Christmas cookies. Mary had been planning to have her child in her home, likely in a room that may have been added to her parents’ home in Nazareth. The Night Was Not Exactly Silent Luke 2:15–20 December 21, 2017. Yes, Mary was the mother of Jesus , and she was indeed a virgin (Lk 1:27). John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. And little Mary full of grace, with the tears upon her face, had no mother's hand to hold. I am reading a chapter every Sunday of Advent. Luke doesn’t actually tell us that Mary was in a barn with sheep and goats, but he does tell us there was a manger, which was a feeding trough for animals (see Luke 2:6-7). So as you prepare for a Christmas service or a Christmas dinner, think about that night, the night, that Jesus came from Heaven to earth. It was a labor of pain, it was a cold sky above It Was Not A Silent Night. With the tears upon her face. Love was, indeed, loud. In 1816, an Austrian priest named Josef Mohr wrote the words to a Christmas carol for his own congregation, to be sung on Christmas Eve: “Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright round yon virgin mother and child. It was not a silent night There was blood on the ground You could hear a woman cry In the alleyways that night On the streets of David’s town. She went to find a man, his clothes poor, obviously looking for some Christmas odd jobs. Not a Silent Night shines a new and revealing light on the birth of Jesus. **As we look at the town in which Christ was born and on the night Christ was born, we come to a conclusion that the Silent Night we sing about was not so silent after all. There’s pain and suffering. The sounds of life, and love, filled the compound - proving Pepper right. And the stable was not clean. These newlyweds were about to have a baby, no family around, and they couldn’t even find a place to stay for the night. Where would this feeding trough have been? Today’s post is an excerpt from Not a Silent Night. Maybe it was not a silent night, but maybe it was a holy night. Swept up in waves of pain and contractions, Mary continued to push and breathe and strain while time passed. Silent night, holy night! Her baby would change everything. And then there’s our Christmas, and it’s far from perfect. She would be the mother of Jesus Christ. One woman stood at the center of it all. Over in the Barton’s cabin, Lila always kept music playing while she slept. On the streets of David's town. And then there were the questions that must have been running through her mind: Where will we stay? I am sure Mary and Joseph felt like so much was going wrong, I am sure it wasn’t silent, but in the end? There’s darkness. And there have been plenty of times this has been the case — whether it be reality or expectations that have soared too high — we all have been disappointed or have disappointed, and it’s easy to wonder if anything turned out right. In the alleyways that night. These words have shaped the way we imagine that first Christmas. John Piper @JohnPiper. And all was not bright. Luke tells us that Caesar Augustus, emperor of Rome, decreed that a census be taken and that everyone return to the ancestral village of the head of the household. They’re challenging. Close. And Mary had to bring forth this child among animals, in a place she didn’t want to be. Will my child survive? Joseph wiped her brow and told her a hundred times that he loved her, he loved her, he loved her. Stressed and tired from the heavy traffic into Bethlehem, I am sure they were asking themselves: “What if it goes wrong?” “What if I am not ready?” “What if there isn’t enough?”. During this season, many of us struggle with that disparity. “Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright round yon virgin mother and child. And the stable was not clean. No, it was not a silent night. Mary and Joseph were living in Nazareth, but Joseph’s ancestral village, his hometown, was Bethlehem. Holy infant, so tender and mild, sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace.” Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. She pushed as sweat beaded on her forehead. It was not a silent night. It’s not hard to imagine Mary’s disappointment in being forced to travel to Bethlehem to have her child without any of those. "Silent Night" (German: "Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht") is a popular Christmas carol, composed in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr in the small town of Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria. It was declared an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2011. And little Mary full of grace. Luk 2:1-7 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. It was not a silent night There was blood on the ground You could hear a woman cry In the alleyways that night On the streets of David’s town. It was not a silent night that night either, not even when everyone slept. It was not a silent night for Mary, but she knew that something important was happening. Take life and live in grace and be humble. In our world there’s adversity. This was the first census when Quirinius was governor of Syria. It was not a silent night There was blood on the ground You could hear a woman cry In the alleyways that night On the streets of David's town And the stable was not clean And the cobblestones were cold And little Mary full of grace With the tears upon her face Had no mother's hand to hold It was a labor of pain It was a cold sky above It was not a silent night There was blood on the ground You could hear a woman cry In the alleyways that night On the streets of David's town And the stable was not clean And the cobblestones were cold And little Mary full of grace With the tears upon her face Had no mother's hand to hold It was a labor of pain It was a cold sky above Support Lead at Valet, and Proprietor of DYECASTING. I don’t imagine it was silent. The stage has been set and it’s time for the Big Day. Do you hear what I hear On this Christmas day Echoes from a stable long ago Word of God, now bundled In a manger lined with hay (Modern-day illustrations often show Mary riding on a donkey, but the Scriptures are silent on that point.) All was not calm.   It Was NOT a Silent Night. A night in a small, overcrowded town with a newborn baby doesn’t sound silent or calm at all. It was not a silent night. The Birth. You could hear a woman cry. And the cobblestones were cold. Human by day, gamer at night, lover of coffee, and all things spicy. Swept up in waves of pain and contractions, Mary continued to push and breathe and strain while time passed. Introduction: Illustration (humor): Christmas is a time of surprises. “Not a Silent Night” “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” -John 3:16 Christmas through the eyes of Mary. 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