This past week, my Papa & I were asked to sing Christmas carols at a local assisted living home. We accepted the invitation, and began to choose songs that we wanted to share. He would play the mandolin, and we would both sing. We thought how nice it would be to have my younger brother play his guitar with us, and thought he probably wouldn't want to but we asked anyway. You see, because my mom was such a support to Tyler & his music, he hasn't really wanted to pick up his guitar since she passed away. It was an absolutely delightful shock to me to hear that he wanted to play with us! I was so happy!
We stood up in front of the older crowd of residents, barely having practiced singing together except for the five minutes prior, and began to sing. My dad would tie in meanings of Christmas and thoughts from the carols we'd sing. During one of the first songs, we sang something about the angels singing with us, or seeing us from afar. At that moment, I imagined my mom crying in heaven, not with sadness but with delight, to see the three of us together, singing & playing music together. I thought about how happy she would have been to hear us all together, and how pleased she would be that we didn't pass on singing.
This all led to another thought....one of hope. I wanted to have my mom with me so quick right then, pinching back tears that screamed to be set free from the confines of my eyes. Yet in that same instant, the hope arose that I will see her again soon, and it is because of the birth that we were singing about that I could have that hope. It was a future hope of a fulfilled promise. A promise God revealed many thousands of years ago, that was brought to fulfillment through the birth of Christ.
Through the Spirit, Mary a humble girl said "yes" to doing God's will, for waiting on Him to provide a miracle through her. An unsettling situation to be sure, she waited with hope that God would be true to His word once again. When Jesus was born a joy filled her & spilled out to each of us through the Son. We can have joy in the hope that His birth proclaims. There is now a way for us to be joined to the Father. What a thing to celebrate, what an act of love, bringing joyful hope to a people stirred with unrest.
His birth brought love to the world, joy to the heart, hope to the mind and peace to our soul. Though some days we all feel unloved, discouraged, defeated & distressed, we can know that God LOVES us, and because of that love we can find JOY because God gave PEACE to our tormented souls, which reminds us of the HOPE that Christ's birth brings. So this Christmas, let's celebrate, I mean REALLY celebrate, not only the birth of Christ, but everything that His birth represents!