Luke 2:14, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
I was probably ten the first time I heard Handel’s Messiah, at least that is when I remember it. I was visiting a friend’s church and his dad promised to take us out for pizza after the concert. There are few works to compare to the spiritual power resonated by Messiah. Even for a ten year old boy, the overwhelming feeling when the Hallelujah Chorus begins is indescribable.
On the way to the local pizza restaurant, my friend’s dad asked us how we liked the performance. He told us about the man who had written Handel’s Messiah and then he asked us what we thought it must have been like to be the shepherds, when a host of Heavenly voices sang to them.
The other day Connie and I were doing some Christmas shopping. As I walked around the mall with her, I thought about what it would be like to hear angels sing. I wondered if they practiced in Heaven. I can almost imagine the announcements, “Choir practice today in the east cloud room! Please bring your Handel’s Messiah book.”
One day we will hear the choir of angels singing but until then, we have the next best thing. I want to encourage you to take your children to Christmas concerts. Make it a family affair. Our local churches have many Christmas cantatas advertised. Take a friend or your spouse to enjoy the music of Christmas. Play Christmas songs in your car and home. Enjoy the music of the season. This Sunday at The Torch, we will have at our 9:30am and 11:15am services a Christmas Production. I hope you will join us.
One of the families’ in our church makes it a rule to only listen to Christmas music from Thanksgiving until after Christmas. Whatever you choose to do to celebrate the season, make sure you take time to hear the sounds of Christmas.