I look over the vastness of the dark sea

Only a few stars glitter in the great beyond

I feel the small glimmering lights call to me

Encouraging me to stretch beyond the dark vastness of the waters to something more familiar, to the place I know

My nighttime wanderings lead me from sea to mountain

I climb the mountain’s well-worn trail by the light of the moon

Up and up the moon calls

Through tree and twist and trepidatious step I reach the summit

I see the light reflecting on the packed earth

It shimmers and shines on Earth

I see my hands, pale in the moonlight

Pale but still absorbing the light

I hold my arms up as if to catch every moonbeam, my face towards the sky

I stand there searching the sky for the light I seek in darkness

Suddenly, I cast my eyes downward and stare at the ground.

Who am I to seek the starry faraway?

Who am I to breach gravity’s grasp?

Sounds of shame deter my searching.

I hide my yearning from the moon and from myself.

I turn to leave the high place thwarted by self-doubt.

I lose sight of the moonlight and I stumble down the trail.

Then the moon illuminates a perpendicular path

I stand at the crossroads

What do I believe

Distinct illuminations give courage

I am seen and known and beckoned

I climb again

I am believing

For to them that believe will the Father do marvelous things

I follow the path into the unknown

I wind around and up the mountain to a summit

As I reach the crest, a new star bursts into view

I lift my hands to catch the light

It fills me

I stand in darkness connected to light

Light leads me forward

My hearing sharpens and I focus on sound

Sound pierces through the darkness and brings more light

Sound engulfs me

I hear the Divine

Waves of sound and light carry me to a holy hillside

There, angelic hosts sing Gloria

My small voice joins the chorus

I feel the vibrations as the tones leave my chest

I reach out my hands to touch the sound and light

I turn and see His manger and others waiting there

I fall to my knees to worship the King

And find the sound and light placed the swaddled babe in my arms

I see the light of His face

I feel the sound of His breath

I feel His heartbeat

Light engulfs us as I hold Him close

He fills my soul

I turn again and see His manger and others waiting there

I give the baby to His mother

The light of His face, the sound of His breath, His heartbeat became a part of me

I look at the swaddled baby and I have become part of Him.

His Light Is In All Things

 

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He that ascended up on high, as also he descended below all things, in that he comprehended all things, that he might be in all and through all things, the light of truth;

Which truth shineth. This is the light of Christ. As also he is in the sun, and the light of the sun, and the power thereof by which it was made.

As also he is in the moon, and is the light of the moon, and the power thereof by which it was made;

As also the light of the stars, and the power thereof by which they were made;

And the earth also, and the power thereof, even the earth upon which you stand.

And the light which shineth, which giveth you light, is through him who enlighteneth your eyes, which is the same light that quickeneth your understandings;

Which light proceedeth forth from the presence of God to fill the immensity of space

In His light, I am found

Know

Kneel and await deliverance

Bow and worship

Stand and sing of the Redeemer

For Earth is free and Heaven is open

And We are One

Christmas Divine

 

Midnight, Christians, is the solemn hour,
When God as man descended unto us
To erase the stain of sin
And to end the wrath of His Father.
The entire world thrills with hope
On this night that gives it a Saviour.

People, kneel down, await your deliverance.
Christmas, Christmas, here is the Redeemer,
Christmas, Christmas, here is the Redeemer!

 

May the ardent light of our Faith
Guide us all to the cradle of the infant,
As in ancient times a brilliant star
Guided the Oriental kings there.
The King of Kings was born in a humble manger;
O mighty ones of today, proud of your greatness,

 

It is to your pride that God preaches.
Bow your heads before the Redeemer!
Bow your heads before the Redeemer!

 

The Redeemer has broken every bond
The Earth is free, and Heaven is open.
He sees a brother where there was only a slave,
Love unites those whom iron had chained.
Who will tell Him of our gratitude,
For all of us He is born, He suffers and dies.

People, stand up! Sing of your deliverance,
Christmas, Christmas, sing of the Redeemer,
Christmas, Christmas, sing of the Redeemer!

(O Holy Night, Literal English Translation)

About Delisa Hargrove
I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have moved 64 times and have not tired of experiencing this beautiful earth! I love the people, languages, histories/anthropologies, & especially religious cultures of the world. My life long passion is the study & searching out of religious symbolism, specifically related to ancient & modern temples. My husband Anthony and I love our bulldog Stig, adventures, traveling, movies, motorcycling, and time with friends and family.

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