From the transcendence of college choir worship services
to concerts by your favorite music group
to the holy chaos of Sunday school Christmas programs
to the raucous joy of carols and beer at the local bar
to the quiet beauty of Silent Night sung by candlelight
music is the language of the soul at Christmas.
Maybe that’s because music springs forth when words are not enough. Have you noticed in Christmas story as told by the gospel of Luke someone is bursting into song every few verses? Like a Broadway musical a scene unfolds then music erupts.
First it is Mary. An angel tells this unwed teen that she is going to have a baby. While this news was probably more confusing and worrisome than good news, she sings her praise to God. “My soul magnifies the Lord.”
Then it is Zachariah when his son John the Baptist is born. Remember Zach lost his ability to speak when he doubted the angel who announced his wife Elizabeth would have a baby. Zach’s first words after John was born were this beautiful song: “By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
Next a throng of angels announce the birth of our Savior to the shepherd through song, “Glory to God in the highest!” Finally after the shepherds saw the child in the manger, they returned glorifying and praising God for what they have seen.
As you celebrate the holy mystery of “God with us” this Christmas, may the music of God’s love fill your heart so you can return like the shepherds glorifying and praising God. Add your voice to those across the ages to worship the Lord who transcends time and space to be with us.
Enjoy the children of Good Shepherd telling the story of Jesus’ birth through song at www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiKyoAS49f4&feature=youtu.be
The preschool-kindergarten students begin at 7:10 in the video
and the 1st-6th graders begin at 12:10.