Silent Night

Christmas 2018 the winter of our discontent. A winter made colder by cynical thin-skinned extremists.  Socio-activists who need to hate everything, attach evil to everything, protest everything and dig up everything.
These cultural leeches suck the enjoyment and color out of every innocent and wonderful thing. They are eternally spoiling for a fight.
Can the song “Baby it’s cold outside” offend you unless you are truly cold inside? Why must you, on the night that a star athlete is winning the Heisman trophy, dredge up things he said as a 15-year-old? And why does USA Today publish that non-story as if it were a noble investigation?
The left seduces impressionable people. They dull their common sense. They disconnect their cord to reason.  They radicalize them in the furnace of artificial outrage. This bacteria of easily triggered anger oozes from the swamp in Washington. When leaders believe government workers should go without pay at Christmas to prove a point! “We believe national security is racist!”
The same deranged fervor, drives them to ban Manger Scenes. This is convenient for Washington.  Because where would they find 3 wise men anyway?
But these irritants are small compared to the convulsions in the world. The rumble of war in the distance. The threat to our way of life from economic uncertainty.
We don’t get a silent night this year…or do we? Should the child of God feel that evil has taken the high ground, the microphone, the power and everything good? Or is there a mighty secret we need to remember about this Holy Day?
The Holy Spirit just gave me a fresh meaning of Christmas. I needed it. I call this blog Silent Night because that is where this revelation hit me.
It was Christmas Eve 1818. The young priest of St. Nicholas parish church in Obendorf, Germany faced disaster. Mice had wrecked the church organ. There was no way to fix it before the service that night.
Father Joseph Mohr refused to give up. He pulled out a poem he had written several years before called “Stille Nacht.” He took that poem to Franz Xaver Gruber—a school master and organist in the next town. The priest asked Gruber to write a melody to go with the poem.
In a few hours it was done, and that night the carol Silent Night was played for the first time.
It hit me. How devastating it must have seemed to them that the organ was broken. But if the organ had been working, one of the greatest songs of all time—a song that has touched millions of souls—would never have been born.

In 1914, the Germans and French agreed to a Christmas truce. Yes, indeed they stopped fighting. They decided they needed to sing. The only Christmas song that both armies knew, was you guessed it, Silent Night.
It is easy for me to get frustrated. We have so many setbacks in soul winning. But I look back and see God making things out of those setbacks. I see breakthroughs that would never be if our original plans had not been ruined.
I look at America and see a moral decay that seems terminal. But millions are praying and have been praying. God will not forget those prayers. God haters beware—The Lord is a mighty warrior with shocking power and wisdom. He can rock this nation at any time. How do I know this?
One night my room grew unusually dark. A stench introduced the evil presence. “I will” the evil one said. “I will have them. I will addict them. I will pervert them. I will kill them.” Satan was talking about our children!
Just as suddenly, the presence of God flooded the room and swallowed the boasts of Satan, “But I will pour out of My Spirit on them and they shall prophesy.” I was awestruck but the presence and power of God. But what really impacted me was the ferocious zeal of the Lord to save America. He is not going let this nation go down without giving the devil the fight of his life. Never forget that on this Silent Night.
This song reminds us that a day that seems to spell disaster may be hiding a secret breakthrough. And, the seemingly insurmountable evil of a time still must bow and surrender to the mighty power of God. The world may sink into despair, but the child of God is upheld by the unseen but mighty hand of Almighty God.
Or as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote:
“And in despair I bowed my head
There is no peace on earth I said
For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men
Then rang the bells more loud and deep
God is not dead, nor does he sleep
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth, good will to men.”

MECHELLE AND I WISH YOU, AND THOSE YOU LOVE, THE BEST CHRISTMAS EVER

28 thoughts on “Silent Night

  1. Thank you so much for your encouraging words! May God bless you and your family with a Merry Christmas and a the best New Year! Keep up the great work!

  2. Thank you for sharing. There is hope in Christ the solid Rock on which I stand. If I didn’t have this everything would be hopeless. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  3. “But I will pour out of My Spirit on them and they shall prophesy.” Love this Mario! Not only will God “rescue the children of the Godly” But they will proclaim the good news!

  4. I did not know the origins of Silent Night. I like the song! I love how you give America hope. In all the fighting and confusion (And the lack of logical thought from many in it all), it is good to see a preacher who not only stands up for God’s word but does so to show the positive of who God is and not just using God as a tool to say what they desire.

    ” I was awestruck but the presence and power of God.” (I believe you meant “by” the presence and power of God)

    “This song reminds us that a day that seems to spell disaster may hiding a secret breakthrough.” (I believe you missed, “may BE” hiding a secret breakthrough).

  5. Thank you Sir. Your word of His Word has never let me down. Merry Christmas and know I am praying right along with you and for you and yours.

  6. …if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

  7. Merry Christmas to you! At times the burden seems overwhelming, and the enemy whispers, “It’s hopeless!” But the Holy Spirit reminds, “I will build My Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it!”

  8. Mario and Mechelle,
    THANK YOU for being willing instruments of Christ’s Kingdom glory. You are both such adorable people and Mario your English Dickens Village is absolutely SPECTACULAR!!! My Husband got to see it today on Facebook for the 1st time…and he was blessed and amazed by your artistic talent.
    We all knew about Mario’s divine anointing to Preach & Evangelize, but not about your artistic gift as well.
    God Bless You Mario & all your loved one’s this Christmas.♛♕✞🎁

  9. Thank you sir i thank God for your willingness to share tge hope of the lord that even in darkness God is still God.

  10. MERRY CHRISTMAS MARIO AND MECHELLE. Thank you for all your wisdom and common sense. You are like a son of Issachar, rightly determining our times and seasons. Your blogs give me lots to pray about, so I often start my day with them. May God richly bless you this Christmas and through out the new year.

  11. God Bless you Mario and your family. Your blog uplifts me daily as I battle the changing of our country and the lost innocence of our children. Even the ones raised right and in their 40’s are leaning to the PC lies. I have been so concerned for the Salvation of my 7 year old Granddaughter that I became aware that talking to much might push her away from Jesus. As I struggled with what to do the Holy Spirit said to my spirit, your job is to pray, mine is to convict her spirit. I am at peace with it now, her name is Revi and she loves the Lord, she just hasn’t opened the door to the knocking of Jesus yet. Please lift her and her Dad, Jon as he is not a Christian, her Mom is a strong Christian, my Daughter. Keep fighting, the back of the Book says we will win.

    With deepest appreciation for your commitment to our Lord again I say God Bless you, protect you and open the windows of Heaven with wisdom beyond anything you have known.

    Greta Noble

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