Where has this year gone? It’s like we blinked and Christmas just magically appeared. I swear that it was Easter like 5 minutes ago!
I love this time of the year. Living in sunny southern California, you can’t really tell by the weather that it’s Christmas but our stores announce it come October. Their motive? To get us all to spend money (whether we have it or not) on things (whether we need them or not). And if you are a parent like I am, you probably feel it all the more. My 10 year old daughter handed me her Christmas wish list the other day with her top 10 “wants” or as she describes “needs” (in order of importance) which included a dog, a hoverboard and an apple watch- all of which she won’t be getting. Okay, maybe the hoverboard so I can ride it too.
But I had to remind my daughter (and myself) that Christmas isn’t about what we can get. It’s about remembering what we’ve already been given, being thankful and grateful- so much so that what in return, we also give. The greatest gift of all time was Jesus. He changed the game. Because of Him, as Christ followers, we are heaven bound. His birth that we are celebrating reminds us that Emmanuel, God with us, loved us so much that He generously gave His son Jesus. That’s what we are declaring when we sing carols like Hark the Herald Angels Sing or Joy to the World. These are songs of worship and adoration.
I was recently brought to tears by verse 3 of "Hark the Herald Angels Sing":
Hail, the heaven-born Prince of peace!
Hail the Son of righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
Risen with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that we no more shall die,
Born to raise us from the earth,
Born to give us second birth.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
Glory to the newborn king.
So much power, truth and reverence in these lyrics.
'Tis the season to worship. 'Tis the season to focus on giving, not getting. 'Tis the season to serve others. Wherever you find yourself- in a church or position that you love or wish were different, serve with gladness this holiday season. Serve with joy. Serve with the knowledge that Jesus sees and knows.
I pray that as worship leaders, we would sing these carols in our churches, in our schools and our homes like they are brand new, fresh with revelation.
Jesus deserves nothing less.
Check out this version of "Hark The Herald Angels Sing". We love the Pentatonix!