My first memory of Christmas music is from my 4th grade Christmas play. I remember sharing the story of how the song Silent Night was written. In 1818, Josef Mohr was an assistant pastor at St. Nicholas Church in Oberndorf, Austria. Franz Gruber played the organ for the church. The organ wasn’t working and wouldn’t be repaired until after Christmas. Church problems, right? A troupe of traveling actors came to Oberndorf to reenact the story of Christ’s birth. On his way home from the performance, Mohr stopped on a hilltop and looked down at his peaceful village. He remembered a poem he had written in previous years. Mohr went to Gruber the next day to see if they could come up with a melody that could be played on Gruber’s guitar. In a matter of hours, my favorite Christmas song was written.
I’ve often reflected on the phrase ‘sleep in heavenly peace.’
How could Jesus sleep in any kind of peace? He had left his throne in heaven to endure the trauma of being born. Not exactly a peaceful process. Then add the indiginity of being born in a barn and sleeping in a food trough. He had a lifetime of difficulty, frustration, rejection, and pain ahead of him. Yet he had heavenly peace. Everything he had gone through and would go through was about bringing peace between heaven and earth… peace between God and people.
We can rest in that peace. All of the difficulties, frustrations, and pain we experience can be resolved in heavenly peace because of what Jesus did for each of us.
Find your peace and rest today in Christ Jesus.