If ever three words were intertwined, then children, music and Christmas are certainly joined. Look no further than Luke chapter 2.
Verse 7 – “And she (Mary) brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
Verses 13-14 – “ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.’ ” In my mind, praising and singing go hand in hand. That’s why I include music in my three words.
If you haven’t had a chance to attend a musical program this holiday season, I hope you will find one before Christmas is over. For as long as I can remember, I have been immersed in rehearsing, performing, leading and listening to secular and sacred music with a Christmas theme. I love all the songs! As soon as radio stations start their 24-hour-a-day Christmas playlist, I’m a happy girl. Watching grandchildren sing their little hearts out during this season puts me over the top with contentment.
In the past week, I hit the Christmas Music Jackpot. On Saturday night, Steve and I went to “An Athens Christmas” at First Baptist Church, Athens, AL. In spite of the director and many of the choir and orchestra members having flu symptoms, they led all of us in a magnificent evening of worship.
On Sunday night, we got to watch four of our grandchildren sing in a Christmas cantata at Decatur Presbyterian Church. Perfectly angelic in my opinion.
Two nights later I was in Lagrange, Georgia with a group of travel writers, and we attended a performance by the Lagrange Symphony Orchestra featuring the grandson of Floyd Cramer on the piano and the great-niece of Chet Atkins on the guitar. The program also included a choir of elementary and middle school-age children and an audience-participation carol sing. I loved every minute!
As you read this on Friday, December 15, Steve and I will be on a plane to “do Christmas” in New York City. Soon after we check-in to our hotel, we plan to take the subway to Brooklyn for the Christmas Celebration of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. I am SO excited! I KNOW it will be a God-honoring, Jesus-focused event.
I realize I may be a tad over-the-top about this, but I think music has such power to uplift spirits. It speaks to me in ways mere words fall short. Even if you can’t carry a tune or play an instrument, let me urge you to sing along with the radio, go to a school or church music program, or, better yet, make your way to a worship service this coming Sunday. I can almost guarantee that carols will be sung.
Verses 10-11 – “And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.’ “
P.S. Well, the Friday night event in New York City didn’t happen. Flights were canceled, much to our dismay. The Brooklyn Tabernacle Christmas event will have to be moved to a future Bucket List. As it turns out, this means that we can attend “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” presented by the Central Baptist Choir and Orchestra at the Princess Theater in Decatur, AL. AND hear the cantata to be sung by First Baptist Hartselle choir. A silver lining, for sure. Merry Christmas, everybody!