Adolphe Adam wrote the words for “O Holy Night” in 1847.
Some of the words include:
“Long lay the world in sin and error pining. ‘Til He appeared and the soul felt it’s worth.”
“Truly He taught us to love one another.”
“Chains did He break, for the slave is our brother. And in His name, all oppression shall cease.”
It is a song about liberation from darkness, despair, and hierarchy. This despair comes from lack of love — of self and others. This is the root of sin and error.
In order for us to love one another, we must know and feel our own self-worth. Oppression can only cease when we feel love for all, including ourselves — Oneness Consciousness. Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus, and the internal movement in each of us from Empire Consciousness to Oneness Consciousness.
The Unity Principles are “God Is.” “I am.” “I think it, I pray it, I live it.” These Principles are designed to support our transformation from Empire Consciousness to Oneness Consciousness. Knowing that God is our Source gives us peace and hope. Knowing that we have Divinity, the Christ Presence, inside of us, supports our feeling worthy and lovable. Thinking, praying, and living out the incredible love and grace of God gives us the opportunity to see the Godlikeness in everyone.
When I started coming to Unity Minneapolis (which was called Unity Christ Church back then) in 1988, I experienced a new feeling of freedom and acceptance. For thirty-two years, I have felt a deeper connection between myself and others. My friends, Ellen, Laura and Marcia encouraged me to go to Unity church. They said I would be uplifted, and I was.
Various people, Rev. Jim Fisher, Rev. Alan Liles, Music Director Hiram Titus, among others, showered me with love, and gave me a new metaphysical interpretation of the Bible. I could see myself as every character in a Bible story. For the last 14 years, with Rev. Pat, I have learned more about the incredible power of God’s love and grace.
For me, personally, moving from a God of fear to a God of love and grace, was just what I needed. I met Gloria Smith at Unity in 2003, and we shared the understanding that God is good, all the time. We could talk about life using positive affirmations and affirmative prayer. Rev. Liles married us in 2005.
Rev. Pat asked Blaine McCutcheon and me to start a Unity men’s group at Unity shortly after he arrived. The group has been going for 14 years and encourages love and support for the men of the church by “living” the Unity Principles. We have reached over 200 men over the years from ages 18 to 90 plus.
So, “O Holy Night” turned into many years of continuous transformation deeper into Oneness Consciousness. At Gloria’s and my wedding, we included this song for our guests to sing: “What the world needs now, is love sweet love, that’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.”
It is my hope that all of us grow deeper and deeper into Oneness Consciousness and continue to live, love, and give out of full expression of our true, inner selves with our holy Christ presence. Merry Christmas.
Dr. Michael Obsatz