Study: Reflect on moments when you have been inspired. What was the source of your inspiration? Where do you find inspiration now?
Pray: Is there something or someone in your life in need of hope? Pray for God’s grace to touch and bless this need, in whatever way God chooses.
Serve: How can you bring hope to others? How can your life offer inspiration, healing, and the grace of Christ to our world?
There seems like no better time of the year then the days before Christmas for familiar music melodies. On the radio or the street corner, in stores and homes, these tunes strike a sweet spot in many hearts. Here are just a few examples:
* O Come, All Ye Faithful
* Joy to the World
* Silent Night, Holy Night
* Away in a Manger
* Angels We Have Heard on High
* O Little Town of Bethlehem
* It Came upon the Midnight Clear
* God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
And many, many more!
In these days of preparation, people are often found humming or whistling a favorite tune. In fact, people who seldom (if ever) sing are most likely to do so at this time of year – caroling with friends, in church, (or when no when is looking…..!).
Music has the power to inspire us. It uplifts our hearts, evokes strong emotions, and puts us in touch with memories and feelings that we might forget or ignore. In many respects, music is one of our most human qualities.
When we allow ourselves to be touched by music, we discover that its message moves through us. We hear and understand information in a different way, and in turn are able to express these insights to others. We are able to proclaim good news.
In the Scriptures we hear messages of hope. Isaiah offers a prophecy of a renewed world; James offers an invitation to steadfast patience; and Matthew reveals the power of Jesus at work with the coming of the Kingdom of Heaven.
These are incredible words! We listen to them, as we have often listened in the past, yet we are invited to let their meaning touch us and strengthen us for our daily needs. At these moments music becomes a powerful aid, helping us to put into song the comfort and joy that come through our hope in Christ.
During these short days before Christmas, take a moment to hear the music around us. Listen to the words, hear the melodies, and hey, sing them! Their power moves our hearts, helping us to proclaim the Good News of God in our midst. Be inspired by the gift of music to bring Christ’s hope to our hearts!