Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Advent Reflections

December 17th

“God rest ye merry gentlemen…”

Music touches the heart and soul beyond language and cultural barriers. It can bypass our intellect to bring hope.
This season of Christmas music began before Thanksgiving for me. I pulled out my Trans Siberian Orchestra cds early. Their rock style renditions of old and new Christmas music always puts me in the holiday spirit.
In Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge hears carolers singing, “God rest ye merry gentlemen” as he walks by in a huff. He won’t appreciate the words of this song until the end of the story.
Let’s not wait to appreciate it ourselves. In this classic God proclaims rest, comfort, and joy. Does that sound familiar? In the Christmas story the angels bring tidings of great joy to all people. Rest and joy are a rare commodity in our fast paced world. We must take time to rest or we will find ourselves burned out and empty.
I hope and pray you will carve out for yourself moments of rest in spite of the demands of the season. Put on a favorite Christmas CD and relax. Christ, our savior, has saved us from the power of this world. Hallelujah!

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