Prayer: Lord God, we sing praises to you especially during this season of celebrating the birth of your son, Jesus. Let you salvation be known in all the earth. Amen
Reading: Isaiah 12: 2-6 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: As we prepare for Christmas, consider what Christmas would be like without music? Ever wonder how many songs, carols, cantatas have been composed over the centuries for this wondrous season?
Think about it. If we did not celebrate Christ's birth, there would be such a void...a silence.
Instead we have: Advent hymns, Christmas carols, Rudolph and Frosty, Messiah sing-alongs, bells jingling, Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular (I am going this year!), holiday parties where all end up singing. Perhaps I could do without carols becoming integral parts of tv commercials. Still, bring on all the music of the season, I say.
Every time we sing or hear a Christmas song, it is an ageless reminder God has sent His Son to bring salvation to all. How wonderful to proclaim that message through music and song.
Gloria in excelsis Deo!
-- Alice Yeakel
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