Daily Dose, Dec. 26 — Sounds of the Season: Christmas Songs

 

LISTEN TO “JOY TO THE WORLD”

When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure-chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. (Matthew 2:9-11) My family has a special connection to this season, and we see evidence of it all over the place. Our daughter’s name is Joy, and so this season has always been fun for her. She feels a little bit like a rock star, because she sees her name on signs, in yards, in stores, on greeting cards, in lights, and she hears her name sprinkled in songs all through the day. When Joy was little, Erica would sing a song to her using the melody of “Joy to the World.” We still sometimes join in and sing this song to her. I’m sure a day will come when Joy tires of this little ritual, but for now it’s still sweet and loving. I love the way that the songs of this season cause us to sing to Christ and about Christ. They give us deliberate reason to consider anew the purpose for his coming to us. Right there in the middle of all of it is the word: joy. Jesus comes to bring joy! We’re even told that this is “good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” As you think about God’s choice to send Christ for you, does it bring you joy? Remember that joy goes beyond momentary happiness. If it does, are you then choosing to carry that joy into your situations and your relationships? Joy comes to you…but it also is meant to come to the world! That happens as we carry this good news of great joy everywhere we go. -- Rev. Brad Greene