We have been hearing recorded Christmas music in stores for weeks and probably in our homes as well. But now we come in worship on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! Choirs, organists and instrumentalists have spent much of Advent practicing for the celebration of the Incarnation. Pastors have been preparing their sermons and the altar guilds have been preparing the sanctuary.
It is a time of holy work and holy joy! We want to do our best to celebrate the birth of the King of Kings. We study for it, practice for it, dress for it and sing for it. It’s great!
Yet, we all know that the only perfect part of Christmas is the GIFT wrapped in swaddling clothes, the GIFT that brought the angels to song and the GIFT that brought the shepherds to their knees. Some of us will enjoy a quiet service singing “Silent Night” to candle light. Others will join in jubilant praise with brass and drums and timpani and woodwinds. Still others will hear from and sing with the lips of children. Really fortunate people will enjoy all of these as they thankfully declare that “to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” The GIFT is for you and it is Jesus! Merry Christmas!