I love music. I especially love Christmas music and keep it playing around the clock. In fact, I had a great idea a couple of weeks ago. I found an old iPod Nano, deleted all the old songs and copied over all my Christmas music.
To call my collection “eclectic” is a gross understatement:
James Taylor, Harry Connick Jr, Frank Sinatra, Pentatonix (thanks, Julia!), Sam Rizzetta (hammered dulcimer), Benny Goodman, Clay Aiken, Andrea Bocelli, Elvis…
I love when some crazy jazzy tune from Harry For The Holidays is followed by something worshipful, like Mariah Carey’s “O Holy Night.” That stark contrast causes me to stop in my tracks.
And this song, one of my favorite worship songs ever, brings me to tears every time I hear it:
I love the lyrics, the haunting melody and the majestic refrain. But I especially love that it carries me to a time in the future when we’ll behold our Savior face-to-face. All the things we’ve imagined will become real, and our praises will join those of Abraham, David, Isaiah, Daniel, Jeremiah, Paul, John, Peter, etc.
One of my favorite praises was voiced by the Old Testament prophet, Nehemiah:
You alone are the LORD.
You made the skies and the heavens and all the stars.
You made the earth and the seas and everything in them.
You preserve and give life to everything,
and all the angels of heaven worship you.
Neh 9:6 (New Living Testament)
Comprehensive, wouldn’t you say?
So this week, as you prepare and simplify and focus, may my Christmas version of Hebrews 12:1-2a be your prayer:
Therefore, since we’re surrounded in the heavenly realms
by all those faithful souls who’ve gone before us and now sit in His presence,
let us get rid of all the superfluous activities this Christmas and
the things that frustrate us and wear us out.
Let us spend these next days doing the things that keep us focused on Him.
On Christ Jesus, the Son of the eternal living God,
Who left the praise, adoration, and majesty of Heaven,
Stepped into human form,
Walked among us, revealed truth to us, and
Sacrificed His life in order to secure ours.
Thanks be to God for his indescribable Gift! ~2 Cor 9:15 (NIV)
Surprise – enjoy Donna!
(Pssst – it’s only 99 cents on iTunes and the best buck you’ll spend this Christmas. For some reason it doesn’t come up in her iTunes profile, so search “Donna Summer Christmas”)
Donna’s raising her gorgeous alto voice with the multitudes of Heaven, basking in His presence.
I can only imagine.