Wednesday, December 24, 2014

“Fall on your knees, O hear the angels' voices…”

This, from “O, Holy Night,” is my favorite moment of any Christmas song, the most beautiful lyric I can imagine, the soaring stretch of the voice about to break—though I will say that my interpretation is not necessarily as intended, in a religious sense.

Instead, I’m thinking like a writer (as usual) and see this moment as acknowledging and accepting humility before something greater than ourselves, and gratitude that there we are, in that moment, hearing those voices, witnessing a miracle.  Whether that thing, that miracle, is a god or nature or love or the creative force or something else altogether…well. I guess that’s why that lyric is, to me, such a great piece of writing.

Wishing all of you happiness and joy! xoxox


DC-area author Leslie Pietrzyk explores the creative process and all things literary.