An embarrassing Christmas moment, but still a Holy Night

by David Wills  |  December 24, 2014  |  Type: Insights

5th grade. Ben Franklin Elementary. Wichita Falls, Texas. School Christmas pageant. I scored the role of one of the wise men.

The choir would be singing "O Holy Night," and our job, as wise men, was to fall on our knees when the choir sang the word knees. We practiced this over and over. Timing was everything. I always thought that we should fall to our knees when they sang the word fall. It just made more sense to me.

The night of the pageant, I was in my blue bath robe, a foil-encased crown on my head with plastic jewels from the TG&Y store carefully glued there by my mom. Finally, the big moment! The three of us file in. The song begins. Nerves kick in. And sure enough, when they sing the word fall ... down I go! Then, three words later, the two wiser wise men finally join me on our knees.

Ugh. I heard a few snickers from the audience.

But despite that embarrassment of the past, I still consider this song one of my favorite Christmas hymns. Here are the words. Read them slowly:

O holy night, the stars are brightly shining;
It is the night of the dear Savior's birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices!

O night divine, O night when Christ was born!
O night, O holy night, O night divine!

Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His Gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His Name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy Name!

Christ is the Lord!
O praise His name forever!
His pow'r and glory evermore proclaim!
His pow'r and glory evermore proclaim!

I'm not real good at the fall on your knees part. Just ask those in attendance that night at Ben Franklin Elementary! My prayer is that as I reflect on the first coming of our Savior tonight and tomorrow that it will remind me that He came to earth to seek and save the lost. That's me ... and that's you. I also pray that 2015 will be a year where I spend more time on my knees, figuratively and literally. I really don't think He is concerned about my timing anymore – He just wants me there.

A blessed Christmas to all celebrating His first coming! He will soon return again!

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