“The Great Invitation”
4rd Sunday of Advent
FEAR NOT AND LET IT BE
Well it’s getting close isn’t it? Only five more days and Christmas Day will be here. And you know if you were to do a survey, you’d probably find that Christmas is the most popular time of the year, for Christians and non-Christians alike. Much of what makes this time of the year special is the music. From the sacred, “O Come all Ye Faithful”, “Angels From the Realms of Glory”, “Silent Night” to the semi-secular “O Holy Night” to the more secular “Jingle Bells” “White Christmas” and “The Little Drummer Boy.”
Much of how we feel about the Yuletide season is wrapped in songs. That is part of the reason some stores start playing Christmas music in late August. But have you ever looked at the songs of Christmas in the Bible? That first Christmas was full of singing and songs. Songs and music were a vital part of the Jewish culture into which Jesus was born. From the very announcement of the conception of the Christ child until his circumcision and blessing the songs of praise were lifted into the heavens. So what songs are you singing this Christmas?