Posted by: worshipguitarguy | December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas to All WGG Readers…

Hey y’all, I just wanted to take a quick moment to wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

And speaking of Christmas, I had a little story from history to share.  You may have heard it before, but for me it was a reminder this year of a truth of Christmas.

The story began on Christmas Eve, 1818 in a town called Oberndorf, Austria.  There at the Church of St. Nicholas, Father Josef Mohr approached the musical director Franz Gruber and asked him to put a melody to a poem he’d written years earlier.  There was a problem though; tradition says that the organ in the church wasn’t working… so Mohr asked Gruber to have the song played on guitar.  At first it seemed like a bad idea, because the guitar was not considered an instrument that was used in church.  Gruber did arrange the music for guitar however and the song was ready a few short hours before the service.  When people entered, they were rather surprised by the guitar, but the beauty and simplicity of the song soon caught on.  In German, the song was titled “Stille Nacht,” which when translated into English became the song Silent Night. 

Just a half hour from my home, in a town called Frankenmuth, Michigan is a replica of the Silent Night Memorial Chapel, which stands today in Oberndorf.  Each Christmas Eve, they reenact the night from over 180 years ago in a beautiful tribute. 

In life it’s often easy to get frustrated when things don’t work out the way we plan.  But God often does the greatest things when our plans fall through and His take over.  At the time, it probably seemed very unlikely that one of the greatest Christmas carols of all time would be written for a simple guitar by a Priest in a small Austrian town.  But at the same time, no one expected the Messiah to come to a peasant girl who was staying in a cave far from home.  So next time things don’t work quite as planned, just remember those two things. 


Enjoy your holidays.  WGG will be on break until after the first of the year, and we’ll be back with some more awesome topics for the new year…  While I’m at it, maybe I’ll come out with a resolution or two for my guitar playing in the new year too… 😉 



  1. merry Christmas!

  2. Merry Christmas G!

  3. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all… may your gear increase in 2007.

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