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Silent Night

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Listen to the silence

Silence to honour those who have died, to welcome the Child of Light.

This morning at 9:30 in the country to the south of us, people honoured the children and their teachers who were slaughtered at this same time a week ago with a moment of silence. In Sandy Hook, U.S.A., the a church bell rang out 26 times, one toll for each of the victims. It was a poignant moment of silence for the end innocent lives.

Silence.

I can only listen in the silence. In fact Alfred Brendel offers an amusing insight,

"The word silent contains the same letters as the word listen"

In Greenbush, the snow is falling straight down in huge flakes which absorb sound waves and intensifies the silence of our country home. A deep silence combined with a thick covering of white, clinging to every branch. The effect is a quiet, peaceful, pure white oasis. The though popped into my mind,

"This is a perfect spot to enter into silence but this time to welcome the child of God into my heart, and onto the face of the earth. Right now I can be an open window a portal for the Holy Spirit. One of many counterpoints of light to push back the darkness."

I can choose to welcome new life into my darkness, my own inner depression. So I relax and let go of the burdens and allow God to carry them for me. Then I turn my eyes to the child Jesus in silent expectation, waiting to be filled with light and hope.

On the darkest day of the year, we remember death. Yet it is also Advent, the brink of Christmas, a festival of light, joy and peace on earth. Listen to the words of Silent Night and allow yourself to be filled with the Holy Spirit and become another point of light, shining in the darkness.

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 the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.



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My husband and I raised 9 children on a hobby farm and discovered fulfilment and joy.The very existence of a joyful mother of nine children seems to confound people. My writing is humourous and heart warming/ thoughtful and thought provoking with a strong current of spirituality running through it.
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By Barbara MacDonald on December 21, 2012 at 09:52 pm

Profoundly beautiful Melanie...I recently read this quote on silence and saved it as it spoke to my heart, let me share it with you...

Perhaps the most important thing we bring to another person is the silence in us, not the sort of silence that is filled with unspoken criticism or hard withdrawal. The sort of silence that is a place of refuge, of rest, of acceptance of someone as they are. We are all hungry for this other silence. It is hard to find. In its presence we can remember something beyond the moment, a strength on which to build a life. Silence is a place of great power and healing ?

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By melanie jean juneau on December 21, 2012 at 10:10 pm

WOW

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By Barbara MacDonald on December 21, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Is this not a wonderful thought which opens your mind to a new way of thinking about silence...it had expressed what i have felt so many times...

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By melanie jean juneau on December 21, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Definitely- open hearted silence allows the Spirit to flow through us with warmth, and a healing presence without our speech trying controlling Him or actually stopping the healing flow

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By Barbara MacDonald on December 21, 2012 at 10:50 pm

perfect description...:-)

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By Uttam Gill on December 22, 2012 at 09:06 am

Melanie, immaculate display of grace in your words to honor the departed souls…What a wonderful article…The serenity created by your words took me there….this is the beauty of your expression... In silence we take refuge to be in harmony with our self...To understand the void and in silence we find ways to move on with memories who parted...whose untimely demise left a huge void...In silence we don’t bury them...we talk to them ..THEY LIVE IN SILENCE AND SO, WE WITH THEM

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By Barbara MacDonald on December 22, 2012 at 10:02 am

What a beautiful comment Uttam, and so well deserved Melanie...your heart shines so bright in the wonderful expression of your truth and values..In the silence and void we find our own souls...sweet serene memories...

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By melanie jean juneau on December 22, 2012 at 10:02 am

You have just expressed my experience of communion with souls, using different words, words which shed light on what I was trying to say. I almost could add your comments to shed light-thank-you

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By melanie jean juneau on December 22, 2012 at 10:04 am

Okay Barb- those are poignant observations In the silence and void we find our own souls...sweet serene memories...tear triggering words

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By Barbara MacDonald on December 22, 2012 at 11:21 am

from my heart to yours Melanie...hugs

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By HomeRearedChef on December 22, 2012 at 02:34 pm

A beautiful article, Melanie, so very heartfelt and thoughtful. And I love knowing that "..silent contains the same letters as the word listen." Now I need to share it. :)

Here's wishing you and your family a VERY Happy, Merry Christmas!

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By melanie jean juneau on December 22, 2012 at 05:20 pm

thank-you Virginia and Merry Christmas to you and yours

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By dchaitanya on December 23, 2012 at 09:27 am

Mother, I silently read it. No more words left for me by others to praise it anymore... but yet I do.. simply superb. 5/5.

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By melanie jean juneau on December 23, 2012 at 10:29 am

thank-you so much

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By Aspazja88 on June 27, 2014 at 02:06 am

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