Silent Night was written in 1818 by Joseph Moho and Franz X. Gruber. In the fall of 1816, Joseph Moho, a young priest, was assigned to Mariapfarr.

Mariafarr is a small alpine village in Austria and was left poverty-stricken by Napoleonic Wars, along with an eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia, which left volcanic ash in the atmosphere causing weather changes. This all leads to widespread famine with the loss of crops.

The verses Joseph wrote, were to help the congregation know God and Jesus still loved them. “It was Christmas Eve, 1818, when the now-famous carol was first performed as Stille Nacht Heilige Nacht. Joseph Mohr, the young priest who wrote the lyrics, played the guitar and sang along with Franz Xaver Gruber, the choir director who had written the melody.”


While writing the song, it seemed like the corner of his world was in chaos. It was said that he went for a walk and could not believe the calmness he felt amid the turmoil. This was when he went back to write the six lyrics you will find below as the song begins.


Silent Night

Silent night, holy night!
All is calm, all is bright.
Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child.
Holy infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight.
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia,
Christ the Savior is born!
Christ the Savior is born
Silent night, holy night!
Son of God love's pure light.
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth


As we look out into our corner of the world, what do we see? May we reflect on the particular time of this year as we feel the calmness and warmth of the gift we receive. As the star shines bright, may it capture your heart and remain as we begin to prepare for the New Year.

I do not do these every Sunday, but I try to do them when needed. December is the best time to have “Spiritual Sunday,” but also a Making Monday Meaningful, Tuesday Terrific, Wednesday Wonderful, Thursday Thankful, Friday Forgiving, and Saturday Stress-free. December is a special month, and I find myself calm, joyful, and reflective during this time.

Being strong, courageous, and not afraid is so powerful when they are spoken in one sentence together. To accomplish them together takes the power of belief, hope, and love. Prayer is powerful, and when we consistently pray and are focused on the path God has directed for us, everything becomes clear, and support will be found. We can do all things!

Troubling times face each of us in many different ways. Some we can see clearly, others hide it and shelter it away. Our news media brings us stories daily, filled with reports locally, nationally, and globally. We can watch these reports on several stations, read in newspapers, scroll through media platforms and catch comments.

You can gather different accounts and opinions of what is reported depending on the “trust” level in those reporting to you. How do they gain your trust?

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. —1 John 16:33

I see, hear and feel anger, negativity, fear, and anxiety from people ranging from young and old. Who needs to say can we all calm down and bring people together? Daily there is news pulling people apart and not uniting them together for a win today.

We are planting seeds every day. These seeds will be harvested in the days, weeks, years, and decades. Along the way, we need to pull the weeds of anger, doubt, negativity and promote the peace, abundance that will come from All of the work we do together.

I leave you peace; my peace I give you. I do not give it to you as the world does. So don’t let your hearts be troubled or afraid. —John 14:27 NCV

The troubles we bump into may be massive in life's difficulties, but we face them with joy in knowing the days are filled with impossibilities here but possibilities in our love and faith. Our pessimism will lead us to courage, and courage leads to perseverance. We must never forget there are always things we can control and something we cannot control, but we are always in control of our faith, core values, courage, and the peace we find in knowing our roads are never traveled alone.

Today is the day to stand on the values you have and the voice you were given and to always seek to understand first. There is always a solution to every problem; by asking the right questions, we reach the correct answer. Be not afraid to stand up for the rights you believe in, speak up for your core values, and to be visible in helping in the schools, communities, and places that need volunteers.

Thank you for #Bethesolutiondaily in a world that needs you! You make a difference daily in how you speak, the actions you take, how you model for others, the things you do, and the smile you wear each day. All of the little things add up to be big things each day!

"I only have 2 rules!"
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