December 22nd 2009

Carols

“There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them…. The angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.’…Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests.’”

Luke 2:8-14 (NIV)

Thinking about Jesus: First off, I promise you I won’t put the words “reason” and “season” in the same sentence. It wouldn’t be treason; a rhyme’s not a crime; but an over-repeated slogan is little more than a token…. 

However, when I was standing singing along at a carol service recently, my mind did take a wander around what we were all singing for. 

I suppose many of the children were there because families or friends expected it; and parents and grandparents, for the sake of seeing their children sing.

For some of us, carol singing is part of a family or community tradition.

Some of us love the Christmassy feeling evoked, from our earliest childhood, by Christmas carols.

Some of us hoped that God is real and that the birth of Jesus meant something.

Some of us sang the words because of a belief that at a certain point in time, the divine entered the human condition and changed, not the look of things, but the nature of things. 

Somewhere in there, human beings and angels are singing the same thing—and only about 2 millennia out of time with one another, which I don’t imagine God would really notice. 

Prayer

God grant that the love, joy and peace of Jesus be with us.

Amen 

Study by Fiona Jones 

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