I am counting the days to Christmas by taking phrases from the beloved Christmas Carol, “Joy to the World” and sharing my thoughts.
Yesterday, I shared how heaven and nature celebrates Christ’s birth through “singing”. Singing is a big deal at Christmastime. There are carols played at department stores. Kids sing in Christmas programs. Radio stations bypass their usual songs and play continuous Christmas music instead. Christmas carolers sing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” to their neighbors. It’s as if everyone knows that now is the time to “repeat the sounding joy”.
Last night, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a Michael W. Smith Christmas concert. Among other songs, he sang his infamous, “Emmanuel”. What a treat to hear it in person rather than just on a Christmas CD. As I was enjoying the performance, I noticed something right in front of the stage. There was a woman interpreting the songs for those who couldn’t hear. My heart became saddened as I realized the beautiful piano music accompanied by a full strings section that I could hear so fully and was enjoying so completely was literally falling on deaf ears. How sad to be in a place where “joy is being repeated” but you cannot experience it like others.
Yet, isn’t that how it is for some people this Christmas? There is joy that they don’t feel due to heartache, loss, depression or a variety of other reasons. They look around and see people enjoying their Christmas and they realize that joy is falling on their deaf ears and dull hearts.
As you go about these next few days until Christmas, I encourage you to open your eyes and look for those who need some joy. Once you’ve spotted them, open your heart and be a person who will “repeat the sounding joy” in ways they can understand.
- A warm smile
- Look in their eyes and wish them a “Merry Christmas”
- A handshake or hug if appropriate
- A monetary blessing.
God fills us with His joy not so that we will be joy hogs, but so that we will pass it on to others.
In the meantime, while you are waiting for opportunities to bring someone joy, I dare you, in fact I double-dog dare you (whether you are in your car all by yourself or in a crowded department store) sing at the top of your lungs and “repeat the sounding joy”!
Your Friend in Ministry,