6 Days Until Christmas

Can you even begin to imagine what that first Christmas carol must have sounded like?

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:13-14

With those glorious words in their hearts, the shepherds hurried off to find the babe, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. Perhaps, with joy and hope of hearing the Christ child had arrived, they were singing along the way.

Paul wrote to the Ephesians that they were to be filled with the Holy Spirit: Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:19-20

What better time is there to make melody in your heart than at Christmas? The joy and anticipation of the birth of our Savior creates a feeling that can only be expressed in song.

And not the ones you've heard at the mall for the past three months. Yes, I heard many "Christmas" songs well before Thanksgiving. But tunes about Santa and presents and trees don't cut it for the Christian woman. We want to remember the Lord, His birth and His plan for life, not reindeer and sleighs. Christmas music should direct our thoughts to Jesus and the promises made about His birth.

So turn up the Christmas music this week - sing songs of praise and thanksgiving for the soon-coming Lord. Shed tears over the beauty of His appearing. Rejoice with shepherds and wise men as they travel to see the new baby. Find hope and comfort in the birthday of the King.

True, glorifying Christmas music will uplift and carry you through the season of Advent. Find God's Word in every song you hear and it will strengthen your faith. Look for His purity and love in the music and lyrics and you'll discover a deeper meaning to the Christmas season.

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