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Silent Night (Revised)

Silent night, holy night
the night that changed the world forever,
the night when a birth altered history and
introduced hope, change and choice.
All is calm, all is bright
In a world that is anything but calm
a baby was born, who brings healing,
reconciliation and love because “light
itself was in him and this life shines
through the darkness,” chaos and despair.
Round yon virgin, mother and child
The most sacred of relationships.
Mary will give birth to a son and will
call him Immanuel, “God with us.”
To Mary, Elizabeth said, “You are 
blessed, because you believed that the Lord
would do what He said.”
Holy Infant, so tender and mild
Like a tender green shoot, 
so the Word became human and 
lived here on earth among us,
full of love and faithfulness,
Yet it was our weaknesses he carried,
it was our sorrows that weighed him down.
He was wounded and crushed for our sins
And yet he sits at the right hand of God.
His eyes are bright like flames of fire
and on his head are many crowns.
Sleep in heavenly peace
“I am leaving you with a gift—
peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is 
not like the world gives”—a world riddled with 
strife, war, hunger and poverty.
Silent night, holy night
The nations of the earth will walk
in the light because the Lamb is the light.
In the end, the gates of the city will
never close and there is no night.
All will be calm, all will be bright.

(c)2011 Karen Bartlett

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