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O Holy Night

Posted by Ryan Leffel on

O Holy Night is a much loved and requested Christmas song. The Woodmont Worship Choir & Orchestra presented it at this year's A Woodmont Christmas.
In 1843, Placide Cappeau wrote a Christmas poem at the request of a parish priest in Roquemaure, France to celebrate the renovation of the church organ. That same year Adolphe Adam composed the music and the song premiered in 1847 in Roquemaure, France.
John Sullivan Dwight discovered the song and translated it into English in 1855 with some modifications, and its popularity grew in the United States. An abolitionist, Dwight especially loved the third verse, “chains shall He break for the slave is our brother; and in His name all oppression shall cease.”
The song was eventually banned in France because its author became a socialist. However, it continued to be sung by the people and has found its place as one of the most beloved Christmas songs of all time.
Several years ago I attended a worship conference and the speaker was talking about this song. He referenced a phrase that I was obviously familiar with but had never really thought about. The phrase was, “Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.” And the speaker asked, “When was the last time your soul felt its worth?”
This fallen world we live in can badly beat us up. At times it’s of our own doing because of the choices we make, and other times it’s the circumstances we find ourselves in because sin is all around us. No matter what direction it comes from, we can feel worthless and in some ways we are…But God.
In Matthew 6:25-34 Jesus tell us, “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” (ESV) Your heavenly Father loves you! In John 3:16, Jesus said, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
This Christmas season understand the great sacrifice God made for you. He loves you more than you know or understand. May your soul feel and know it’s worth in Christ this Christmas.
Ryan Leffel, Worship Pastor

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