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 the 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 not a musician (he was the BEST audience member ever), his long-term memories surrounding music focus strongly on mom 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 in the sanctuary at Kessler Park United Methodist Church in Dallas. I actually 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 along with her powerful soprano voice in all its glory…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, think of a beloved carol, song, or hymn you absolutely must hear each year when the season rolls around. What does this blessing of music mean and bring to you?
May the blessing of music restore hope, bring peace and comfort, heal, and shower JOY into your days during this season, my friends. Be blessed and be a blessings to others… 🙂