People who listen to music, at least once a day, are happier than those who don’t. Music is a powerful medium, especially when you have something worthwhile to sing about or have a message in that song that is really worth listening to and remembering. And there is no better time to put this into practice than the Christmas season. We are blessed to have talented and God-honoring musicians in our midst. They have put together a joyous gift for this season: Carols in the Forest. I hope you will join Jubal Joslyn (tenor), Cathryn Wilkinson (organ/piano), Janneke Hoogland (cello), Sophia Gonzalez (soprano), and Amalia Diaz (violin) for a concert of classics to contemporary music this Sunday at 3pm in the Church in the Forest.
When God told the shepherds about the birth of Jesus, God put angels in the sky. One made the announcement and gave all the details so they could see the baby for themselves; but then the rest of “the heavenly host” began to sing. The music magnified the moment and compelled the shepherds to make a response. Through both word and song God enshrined the glory and joy of God’s birth announcement deep in the shepherd’s hearts.
Of all seasons we celebrate, Christmas is particularly a time for joy. Yes, disappointment is as common as the air we breathe. You long for someone to say something and they never do. Plans are cancelled. Someone lets you down. Tragedy strikes and way too often we go to bed with an ache in our heart. But the “good news of great joy” that the angels shared with the shepherds is not the “good news” of getting an increase in your social security or Cousin Johnny sewing up a reservation to come visit for New Year’s. This joy is not found in what we have. This joy is found in Who has us! It is the promise that those who are living in darkness will see a great light. A Savior has been born. Because this joy is found in God, and what God alone can do for us, there is nothing that can take that joy away. Even when the mailbox is empty, and the doctor’s prognosis is not good.
God came to Bethlehem with the greatest gift of all, “a Savior has been born for you.” So, in the midst of all our disappointments, we still have a reason to sing, “Joy to the world, the Lord has come!”
JOIN THE JOYOUS CELEBRATION SUNDAY!!
SEE YOU IN CHURCH.