Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright….

This year our usual patterns of life have been interrupted and we have had time to sit still and reflect on many things.

During this Advent season, I am reflecting on the Christmas star in the sky over the manger where Jesus was born and the shepherds and wise men followed to see what was happening.

I have read that this year on December 21st, we will have our own Christmas star when the planets Jupiter and Saturn align, during this winter solstice.

“Silently one by one, in the infinite
meadows of heaven,
Blossomed the lovely stars,
the forget-me-nots of the angels.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“The stars shine over the earth,
The stars shine over the sea,
The stars look up to mighty God,
The stars look down on me;
The stars will live for a million years,
For a million years and a day!
But Christ and I shall live and love
When the stars have passed away.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

“The Lord owns the world and everything in it-
the heavens, even the highest heavens, are his.”

Deuteronomy 10:14

“When life becomes overwhelming,
I step outside and lift my gaze to
the Heavens. For I am convinced that
the God who holds the stars in place
will hold us through the night.”

Sheila Walsh

As my Christmas gift to you, I have uploaded “Silent Night” for you to listen to. As you listen to this solo harp rendition, may you look at the stars and may it help you be calm and at peace, reflecting on God’s creation and Jesus’ birth.

Silent Night by Barbara Lepke-Sims

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.

Barbara Lepke-Sims Colorado Harpist Portrait-long

Barbara Weiger Lepke-Sims of Sacred Space is a harpist, educator, live therapeutic musician, and consultant. A thought leader in the live therapeutic music community, Barb is a mentor and advocate for the healing power of music. She is based in Denver, Colorado.