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Devotion: O Holy Night

As I catch my breath amid the holiday whirlwind, the enchanting notes of “O Holy Night” resonate in my mind. There’s something about this song that reaches deep within, prompting us to pause and reflect amidst the festive frenzy.

You know that part, “Truly, he taught us to love one another; his law is love, and his gospel is peace”? That right there is the heart of it all. It encapsulates the essence of Christmas—the arrival of Jesus, bringing love and peace. It’s not just about gifts and glitter; it’s about sharing love and living in peace.

Now, let’s rewind and dive into this timeless hymn’s story. “O Holy Night” wasn’t crafted by some high-and-mighty composer. No, it was penned by a regular guy, Placide Cappeau, a wine merchant, in the 19th century. Picture that—an ordinary person like us giving us a song that still strikes a chord today.

Let’s discuss the crux of this song—the line that goes, “Chains shall he break for the slave is our brother.” That right there is a game-changer. It’s a declaration of freedom, a proclamation of equality. In a world where chains of injustice and inequality persist, this line hits close to home. It reminds us that no one should be in chains, that we’re all brothers and sisters, deserving of love, freedom, and respect.

Why is it so crucial to sing this line today? Because we still live in a world with chains of injustice—whether they’re visible or hidden. As we belt out those powerful words, it’s not just about singing a song; it’s about internalizing a call to action. It’s a reminder that we’re called to break the chains of prejudice, discrimination, and injustice. We’re urged to recognize the humanity in every person, acknowledging that we’re all connected as brothers and sisters.

As we gather with our loved ones during this holiday season and sing our hearts out to one of the most powerful songs on our playlists, it’s important that we don’t just skip over the impactful words. Instead, let’s take a moment to allow them to truly resonate with us and inspire us to take action. “O Holy Night” serves as an anchor that can guide us through the sometimes-chaotic holiday season, reminding us to stay true to ourselves, spread love, prioritize peace, and actively work towards breaking the chains that bind our brothers and sisters.