For to you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and Saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased.”
Thought for the Day: Hear clearly the love of God in Your heart
The conductor woke early to listen and rehearse the music one more time prior to leaving to go to the church. The orchestra instrumentalists arrived, took their seats, placed their music on the stands, and tuned together for the perfect sound. The choir members arrived, took their seats, put their music in place, and warmed up their voices. The conductor placed his music, made sure the choir and orchestra were in place, and began rehearsing the pieces. The pastors came, took their seats, adjusted their microphones, and looked over their words one more time. The tech people came, placed microphones, set the lighting program, and ran their sound checks. The people came, found their seats, and waited in great anticipation.
The time came and the music for the Cantata of Handel’s Messiah began. Those rehearsed voices and instruments brought the words to life in a brilliant way. As I listened to the instruments, I was amazed how each had very different sounds and played different notes from one another, but the sounds came together to create the sound Handel composed so many years ago. As we began singing and I sang the alto part of each piece, I sang each note and word as we had rehearsed. But on this day, the day we presented Handel’s Messiah, I realized that my alto part was only a small portion of the total work and that the beauty came fully only when all the instruments and voices came together as one. As I awake the morning after our Christmas Cantata where we presented the Christmas portions of Handel’s Messiah, I ask myself the question, “Was the message of Jesus Birth and how He came to Earth as was prophesized long before clear?” “Did the love of God come to the hearts of each person present?” I ask the question, “Did God come into my heart?” My answer is “Yes, God did come into my heart.” The hustle and bustle of the Season was not thought of during that time so His Word was able to come through clearly and in a magnificent way.
Prayer: God, thank you for your awesome love for us. You sent Your precious Son to come live on earth as a human, and let us feel His love for us so many years ago. Thank you for giving people the talents to write about You in such magnificent ways that we lose ourselves in You for a few minutes and know You are with us in that moment. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Handel’s Messiah