We asked some people at Creekwood to answer one of two questions:
“What is your favorite Christmas carol, and what does it tell you about God?”
“How do you hear God speaking in the world today?”
We hope you find hope, love, joy, and peace as you hear God speak through these daily devotional reflections.
“He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.’”
Creekwood Christmas services have been a staple of my Christmas Eve traditions. Ever since I can remember, my mom would herd my brother, dad and me out the door in time to get good seats in the sanctuary. Without fail, my favorite part was lighting candles and singing Silent Night. Sure, it was my favorite part as a kid because I got to hold fire but as I’ve gotten older, I can see the beauty in those short three minutes each year. The overhead lights go dark, flames are passed from family to family and the congregation sings Silent Night. It truly becomes silent apart from the voices of the followers of Jesus.
Once I recognized the beauty of that moment each year, my favorite Christmas song has been Silent Night. Among the chaos of Christmas, the song reminds us of the importance of slowing down to hear God and praise Him for all that He does. It reminds us to take a breath, stop worrying and find peace in God.
Silent Night encompasses the true beauty of Christmas — the birth of Jesus and the salvation He brings. Singing these words of peace is a special part of Christmas to me because of the reminder of what Jesus brings to us.
Psalm 46:10 encourages us to “be still,” but not to simply stand and be still to take a break from life, but to stop fearing and striving. In other words, cease doubting and find reassurance in who God is and what He can do. Silent Night is a perfect representation of this verse, where the night went quiet from the chaos of the world and found peace in Jesus.
Kelsieann Trank (Senior at Baylor)