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Silent Night
David Madison
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Silent Night

You don't have to be the best... Do your best!

The story begins in 1818 in a church in the little Austrian town of Oberndorf. Shortly before Christmas Eve, a mouse ate a hole in the leather bellows of the church organ, effectively silencing it. The itinerant organ mender was not due in town for months, and music was needed for the Christmas Eve service. In three and one-half hours, Franz Gruber, the organist, composed music for a poem written by Josef Mohr, a priest. It began "Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht" ("Silent Night, Holy Night"). On Christmas Eve, the two men sang their composition accompanied by a guitar and children's chorus. They were a great success.

The great traditions of this season often began as small, simple acts. Franz Gruber, did his best on that Christmas Eve night and created a simple musical number that has helped millions give honor to God on Christmas Eve ever since.

When you hear Silent Night or sing it this year, remember, you don't have to be the best at every thing you just have to do every thing with your best.

Posted by Ken L. Hagler @ jedipastorken.blogspot.com

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