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I was listening to the car radio early one Christmas season and heard Silent Night. Immediately, the line “the night should not have been silent” came to my mind and I was singing a chorus by the time I got to my Mom’s house. Three hours later, the song was written.
It’s one thing to realize that Jesus was born in a stable rather than a palace, but entirely another thing to realize the place where they kept animals doubled as a tomb where loved ones were buried. The swaddling clothes He wore were meant for the wrapping of the dead, and the gifts He was given were meant to prepare a body for burial. Even at His birth, Jesus was preparing for the day He would die for us, and that is worth telling.