We’ve all known this feeling when the JOY of a Christmas carol or holiday song swells deep within our souls and rises through our senses. It brings a lump to the throat and a tear to the eyes. Each year we bring out these musical favorites to dust off and tune up, and like a fine antique, they become more priceless with the passing of time.
Many of my most powerful Christmas memories and blessings are firmly stored within the refrains of beloved carols. Such was the conversation with Pop recently as we listened to various Christmas carol renditions while decorating and packing up holiday treats for him to share at his art class party. While not a musician (he was the BEST audience member ever), his long-term memories surrounding music focus strongly on momma and her solo work in our church for over 50 years. He reminded me how she sang the inaugural service dedicating the beautiful Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ on Christmas Eve 1966. I remember sitting between both grandmothers sucking on Lifesavers with my eyes closed while listening to momma sing a beautiful story about the birth of a King. The organ in all its new majesty and her powerful soprano voice in all its glory…whew! What I wouldn’t give for a recording of this event to savor once more.
As the mystery of the season rings and sings all around: What does the blessing of MUSIC mean to you?
May the blessing of music bring hope, peace, comfort, healing, and JOY to your world, my friends. 🙂