Are you tired of the Christmas music yet? When I opened up a Christmas playlist on Spotify this morning and glanced through the song titles I realized I had heard enough. *sigh
Christmas day is not even here and I’m already overloaded. Everything from our traditional carols to the down home, sappy holiday tunes that include Rudolph and White Christmas.
Here’s the thing. If you enjoy Christmas music whether they are your favourite carols or the tunes from old movies, there are words that can “spark joy”. “Dashing through the snow” may bring memories of the past. “Dreaming of a White Christmas” may be your theme. Dream on.
What’s my point? Whether the music you sing or hear is about the baby in the manger or chestnuts roasting, if they make you smile and feel love, then you could be connecting with love, the love of the Divine.
Music plays a large part in many of our lives and celebrations. Regardless of your favourite – sing on! The joy and love of music also brings the spirit of Christmas.
With the news this week from Premier Ford there are so many mixed feelings it’s hard to put a finger on just one. Sorrow, confusion, fear, overwhelm and perhaps so much more.
Then, the news that Christmas Eve will bring lots and lots of rain and possibly the freezing kind. Plans are holding well right now. We’ll see how the day goes. This is the very real and earthly reality.
My first Christmas in Ministry was during the last big ice storm that hit the GTA and area, December 2013. All my plans and nervousness of the first Christmas came to an end when the ice storm and damages caused power outages and church steps that were not manoeuvrable.
There are many reasons worship services are cancelled. However, being Christians is not cancelled. As followers of Christ we know what we have to do. We give. We love. We shed light in the darkness. We read the scriptures and sing our carols – in the safety of our homes. In these seemingly bleak times may we find the light of Christ in our hearts to shine for one another. Enjoy this familiar carol.
We are one – in Christ. Through rain, or snow or – well you know how that goes.
Worship on dear Advent travellers. Worship on. Barbara
The last couple of days have been pretty dreary. Cloud cover and rain or snow have been par for the course. The earth needs rest and recover. I believe we do as well.
We continue to wait – for the return to light and for the light of the world that is Jesus. There is hope in the darkness; peace in our waiting; joy in our anticipation; and love that comes within the light.
Today is a day to hunker down and embrace the darkness. Find comfort in the slower pace of winter and in the lock-down to come. There will be lots of time to get busy in our lives.
We are blessed to be a blessing. Be the light of the world that you truly are. Pastor Barbara