Finding time to uplift and encourage with Christmas carols
Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the LordEphesians 5:19
Somehow in the midst of the busy holiday schedules, we as a church or as a family still managed to find time to sing Christmas carols.
There was a time when people would walk from house to house to sing Christmas carols, but it remains a precious memory from my young years. We’d sing with all our hearts, trying to bring joy to people during the Christmas season. And of course, we saw it as a method of evangelism because we were singing songs about the birth of Jesus Christ. Afterwards we’d invite people to come to church for the Christmas service.
Paul talks about the importance of songs and hymns in Ephesians 5:19 and although it is not specifically a Christmas verse, it certainly could apply to the Christmas holidays. It reads: “speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your hearts to the Lord”. The word “psalms” is the Greek word psalmos, and it refers to singing songs of praise. It depicts singing psalms with a stringed instrument, such as a guitar or something similar. The word “hymns” is humnos, and it refers to sacred compositions whose primary goal is to give glory and honour to God.
There’s just something about singing songs that glorify the Lord that releases joy and takes people to a higher level. Those who are depressed or lonely are uplifted when they hear and sing these kinds of songs.
So today I want to make a holiday suggestion to you. Why not put together a Christmas carol group this year and revive this old-time tradition? You need not walk from house to house. You could choose specific homes where difficulty and sadness prevailed for a time. Just knock on the door or ring the door bell, and when those who live there answer the door, pour out your heart as you sing about Jesus to them. It may be just what they need to lift them up from the sadness and depression they are feeling. And you might even ask them to join you as you make your way to the next house.
What an easy and thoughtful way to make a big difference in someone’s life this Christmas season.
My prayer for today:
Father, I appreciate what I’ve read today about ministering in music and Christmas carols at this time of the year. Help me not to focus on my own needs and problems but to make a day or two to focus on people who are living lonely and solitary. If possible, help me gather a group of people who will join with me to creatively bring the praise and glory of God to people who need a lift. I pray this in Jesus Name.
Look out for January edition 2020