Do You Know the Story of Silent Night?


Imagine this: you are the pastor of a small church in rural Austria in the early 1800’s. It’s several days before Christmas and the organ your church is known for is out of commission. People are counting on you to do something to fix it before Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. And yet, the organ remains broken.

After deciding there wasn’t anything more to do, Pastor Joseph Mohr went home feeling the stress and strain, and the worry. However, once he got home, he decided he needed to somehow release that stress and strain. So, he got quiet and allowed himself to reconnect to the real reason for the season, the true Spirit of Christmas.

As he calmed himself, words began flowing.

He brought the stanzas he wrote to Franz Gruber, the musical director of the church, telling him, “I think these are words to a song.” Within a half hour, Franz had the melody to “Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht,” “Silent Night,” which they sang that night, accompanied by his guitar.

Years later, this simple and beautiful song had spread throughout Europe. And now it has spread throughout the entire world.

Fanciful version of the story? Perhaps. And yet here is what touched me: this story demonstrates that getting quiet, getting into your heart and connecting with Spirit, is the most powerful action you can take for your business and in your life.

If Joseph Mohr had sat down and said, “I’m going to write an internationally known song,” chances are he would have had writer’s block.

Instead, he allowed himself to drop into his heart, connect with Spirit in the best way he knew how, and then inspiration simply flowed. He had no specific agenda. He simply wanted to feel connection so that he could best serve his congregation.

In this busy holiday season, no matter your tradition, I invite you to stop. Take a breath. Drop into your heart and connect with Spirit, Source, Creator, God. The gift is feeling this moment. And, that gift will keep on giving, as you move from inspiration to inspiration. Breath to breath. Inspired action to inspired action. Gift to gift.

Blessings to each and every one of you.

Jennifer Bloome is the Prosperity Alignment Healer. Jennifer helps people identify and heal the blocks that are keeping them from the prosperity they desire. Ready to heal? Email to schedule a free 30-minute “get acquainted” session to begin to identify and heal your personal blocks.