December 2018 Spire

From the Pastor’s Desk:

Our recent sermon series involved music, that our God uses rhythm, melody, harmony and voice for our good and perhaps as tools for us to understand more about faith. As I’ve been hearing Christmas music this year reminded about the familiar melodies may transport me back a few decades to simpler seasons of life, to favorite family gatherings or to unique gift exchanges. The music triggers happy memories for me.

Here are a few familiar texts from the songs that evoke feelings:

“Have a holly-jolly Christmas, it’s the best time of the year.”

“Jingle bell time is a swell time, to go gliding in a one-horse sleigh.”

“Everybody knows, a turkey and some mistletoe, help to make the season bright.”

Sometimes, however, I get a little confused:

Did Bing Crosby sing outside baby Jesus’ manger walls?

Was Frosty one of the original Wisemen?

Was it Donner or Blitzen that Mary rode to Bethlehem on?

Hopefully, the feelings we experience from our Christmas memories are significant and pleasurable. While there is nothing wrong with them, at the end of the day, they are simply feelings.  Here are a few texts from snags that remind us of Jesus’ unlikely, but highly anticipated arrival:

“Silent night, holy night, Shepherds quake at the sight! Glories stream from heaven afar; Heavenly hosts sing alleluia, Christ the savior is born, Christ the savior is born!”

“O come, O come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel That mourns in lonely exile here, Until the Son of God appear Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel, Shall come to thee, O Israel.”

I hope that these sets of lyrics are a reminder to us to use our precious time wisely. As with most situations in life, we have the opportunity to either worship God and remind ourselves of his faithfulness, or to simply entertain and serve ourselves. Please don’t get me wrong, I’ll be belting out all of the lyrics to Rudolph alongside my kids in the car! As well, I’ll be reminding them that Jesus entered the world as he remains now, an innocent servant, beautiful and full of grace.

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:8-14 NIV

Merry Christmas, I love you all

Pastor Aaron