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music-of-christmas

If you ask ten adults to name some of the favorite things about the Christmas season, most all of them will list the music of Christmas in their top five. Those who don’t are deficient in understanding and soul, and should be exiled from civilized society.

Now, to be clear, when I talk about the music of Christmas I am not thinking of such unmitigated tragedies as Santa Baby, Last Christmas or Christmas Shoes. You could fill the Grand Canyon with horrendous Christmas cd’s, and would likely run out of room. Any artist or band that sells more than a dozen copies of their first album is soon persuaded by a soulless manager with visions of dollar signs dancing in his head to put out a Christmas CD. And if you’ve bought or listened to “Merry Christmas from the Brady Bunch”, “Roseanne Barr Sings the Christmas Classics” or Justin Beiber’s “Under the Mistletoe” then I want you to go home, curl up into the fetal position covered with a blanket, and reflect on how your life turned out this way.

No, I am thinking, and hopefully when you are also, of the great Carols that have been handed down to us for hundreds of years, with hauntingly beautiful tunes and wondrous lyrics. The wonder of advent, God appearing in human flesh, has inspired the pen and piano of such luminaries as Christina Rosetti, Fredrick Handel, and Charles Wesley.

This advent season we will be looking at the wonder of God made Flesh through the scriptures, of course, but also as reflected in the words of some of our more famous and most-loved carols: Hark the Herald Angels Sing, It Came Upon the Midnight Clear, Joy to the World, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Silent Night, and, this morning, What Child is This. We have sung this carol already this morning; after the sermon, we will sing it again, hopefully with more meaning, as we reflect by means of this carol on one great truth: You will never grow in your embrace of His Kingship unless you grow in your wonder of the King.