Christmas Child

“The Child Is Born That Ours May Live”

In 1791, a famous musical composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,

Was given a commission by a Count in Vienna, to write a mass

To commemorate his wife’s death.

While he was writing, a mysterious messenger visited him

Who did not reveal himself, and Mozart came to believe he

Was writing this requiem for his own funeral.

The next year he became very ill, and at the age of 35 he

Died, leaving the piece to be finished by another composer.

One Christmas season, shortly after I started writing, I was

Introduced to the ‘Requiem’ mass Mozart had begun.

Continuously listening to the music, immersing myself in the

Beauty of this piece, there was an experience hard to explain.

Candles, bathing the darkness in silhouettes of beautiful

Reflections, angels passing gently through the air, then

folding their wings in adoration, as choirs of angels

Singing in lamentations,

To words and music playing in another tongue. Multitudes of

Melodies floating to the highest pinnacles of a massive cathedral,

In a Latin dirge of responding supplications. Then in a pause of

Quietness, only ‘Amen” is sung.

My motive for writing was primarily searching for the inner child

That I had lost through the chaos and confusion of

Childhood. Hoping to find reconciliation, seeking a spiritual


There is a verse that says “Seeking the new, we must first let go of

The old” and I wasn’t sure how to do this. I was terrified of the

Child that kept haunting me, seeking deliverance. I realized that

I was trying to do something that was beyond my ability, that

Only a Power greater than I could fulfill this great desire!

Who could accomplish this?

At this Advent season, celebrating

The birth of Jesus,

Humbling Himself, becoming a

Little Child

To suffer and die

Providing deliverance for our restless


Dispelling the darkness in which
They reside

He did this that our child may

Be reborn and set free!

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