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A Prayer for a Silent Night
By Alicia Searl

“Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28

Silent Night, a beloved Christmas carol with humble beginnings that dates back to 1816. Written by a young priest in Germany after a longstanding war and fall in political and social status, this song was inspired when he took a walk one cold winter night, noticing the stillness and peacefulness of his little town.

Since then, it has been picked up by multiple composers and performed in churches all across the world, from quaint churches in small towns to the largest of cathedrals, and even presenting it to the King of Prussia. All that to say, there is a beautiful message intertwined between the beautiful words in this song. It touches each of us on a different level and in an intimate way. Calling us to pause and take notice of what a silent, peaceful, and calm. It does something to our weary souls.

Silent Night. Holy Night. All is calm. All is bright.

These words are easy to utter, but truly being silent and seeking His holiness in a season that is wrapped and consumed with pressures and demands to do more, be more, get more, can drive us to a place of unforeseen busyness and even disappointment. Unfortunately, the end result can steal our peace.

The history of this hymn reminds us to step away from it all and open our hearts in a way to receive the gift of stillness. May you find time to seek the silent moments this season, where you are met with our Holy Creator. Let that beautiful interaction allow you to lean in and rest, prompting you to praise Him for His faithfulness and rejoice in His Son’s birth!

Let’s pray:

Father God,
We come to You with weary but humble hearts full of thanksgiving. You are a kind and gracious Father, with such unspeakable love for us, giving Your one and only Son to take on our sins so that we can have a life with You outside this one (John 3:16).

Lord, I lift up those that are in need of rest. Those who are craving a silent night. I lift up the mom who is striving to make special memories for her children, only to become overwhelmed by the stress of it all. I pray for the parent rocking a fussy baby to sleep in the wee hours of the morning, in need of much physical rest. I pray for the dad crunching the numbers, wondering how he is going to financially afford all the items on his child’s Christmas list. My heart and prayers go out to the lonely grandparent missing her children and wishing she was closer.

O Gracious God, You know each and every one of us intimately and our dire situations that pull us away from You. Please remove the distractions, heavy burdens, and demands, and grant us Your peace. Replace the fallacies with Truth found in Your Word. Give us grace and space in our schedules to meet with You and be refueled by Your tender love. Make room in our hearts to receive that precious gift of stillness and silence.

We stand upon Your promise to extend rest for not just our physical, mental, and emotional well-being but to meet us and grow us spiritually as well. This is not just a gift we want to receive at Christmas but year-round as You extend Your mighty hand to those in need, calling us to take hold.

When we become weighed down by the burdens we carry, we are so thankful for your Son, Jesus. Jesus reminds us that His yoke is light and to place our trust in Him (Matthew 11:28-30). Yet, we often overcomplicate Your message and fail to see how You step in and offer a safe refuge (Psalm 46:1). You may not take away our burdens, but through Your strength, You make them manageable for us to carry (Philippians 4:19). 

Please open our hearts and minds to accept the image of Your pure rest when we fall into the patterns of this World and become consumed with things that keep us restless. Things that keep our minds swirling all night. When we do this, we fail to recognize the nature of Who You are, and it distracts us from the good You are doing.

Thank you, God, for offering us a silent night in the gift of Your precious Son, as well as an invitation to call upon You to meet with us intimately. You deserve our thanks and praise.
Amen.

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Alicia SearlAlicia Searl is a devotional author, blogger, and speaker that is passionate about pouring out her heart and pointing ladies of all ages back to Jesus. She has an education background and master’s in literacy.  Her favorite people call her Mom, which is why much of her time is spent cheering them on at a softball game or dance class. She is married to her heartthrob (a tall, spiky-haired blond) who can whip up a mean latte. She sips that goodness while writing her heart on a page while her puppy licks her feet. Visit her website at aliciasearl.com and connect with her on Instagram and Facebook.

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