Day 21 – December 17
Shout for joy to God, all the earth! Sing the glory of His name; make His praise glorious. [Psalm 66:1-2 NIV]
Christmas carols are a ubiquitous part of the holiday season. They represent the joyful expression of the nativity story. I believe that even the ‘secular’ Christmas songs like Jingle Bells and Frosty The Snowman bring glory to God. These carols, too, are sung with joy and remind us that it is Christmas!
As a young adult, my family lived in a farming community. On Christmas Eve many of the kids and others of my age would go caroling from farm to farm. It was non-stop singing as we drove around the neighborhood to share our joy for the season. We lived in a climate where we always had a white Christmas making it easy to belt out the complete repertoire of carols. Part of me misses those nights. They were just one way of preparing Jesus’ room, on the night before His arrival.
Oh, precious Father, I pray that we all sing the beloved Christmas carols to you this week. Even in my terribly inadequate, tuneless voice, I am shouting for Your joy and singing to bring You glory. Lord, the whole earth rejoices at the coming of Jesus, in whose name I pray. Amen.
Written by: Bev Carbert
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I too remember times as a child going around with lanterns in the West Indies going from house to house that was as a joyful time. Thanks for sharing.
Such a great reminder of past Christmases. Praise God and let us make room.