December 25, 2018

Joy to the World!

United Methodist Hymnal – #246

let every heart prepare him room,

and heaven and nature sing!

 

Well – I’ve made it for 24 days without a huge push for music. I guess it’s time. Hans Christian Anderson wrote, “Where words fail, music speaks.” It’s true. I’ve become aware that even in the most profoundly moving scenes in a motion picture or television show, the music underscoring it has more to do with my instinctive reaction than the scene itself. The hymn lyricists and even the authors of the Bible realized the same things. Why else would something as significant as Jesus’s birth be accompanied by singing? In the movie, The Shawshank Redemption, Morgan Freeman speaks of music, “I’d like to think they were singing about something so beautiful, it can’t expressed in words, and it makes your heart ache because of it. I tell you, those voices soared higher and farther than anybody in a great place dares to dream.  And for the briefest of moments, every last man in Shawshank felt free.” Music has the power to transport us to another place and time. Music can help us celebrate, or comfort us when nothing else can. Music is the ultimate gift from God. Why else would angels sing at the birth of Jesus? And it continues today. The carols we sing elevate our celebration of this season far beyond what it might be otherwise. “Joy to the world! The Lord has come!” Today, tomorrow, next year, and all the years after, may music fill your life with hope, joy, peace and love, that you might always hear the angels’ song.   Merry Christmas!

 

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,

and on earth peace among those

whom he favors!”

LUKE 2: 14

      

Gracious and loving God, like a choir of angels, we gather to sing praises at the arrival of your Son. We thank you for the gift of love, and the example set by the newborn King. But we also thank you for music, giving us the most beautiful way to praise you for all you have done.  Bless our song, that we might join the angels again in welcoming the Christ Child.  Amen.


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