Gifts of Song

You shall have a song as in the night when a holy festival is kept, and gladness of heart as when one goes with a flute, to come into the mountain of the LORD, to the Mighty One of Israel. -Isaiah 30:29

Christmas is a holy festival—the feast of the incarnation of the Son of God, commemorating that “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). No event in history has birthed more music than the Feast of Christmas. Examples such as “Away in a Manger” to “The Messiah,” from the simplest, most child-like melody to the most majestically symphonic, the world has been filled with the festival music of Christmastide.

As we sing the carols of the season, it is a new opportunity to transcend the obvious. The “obvious” lies in our simply singing in observation or celebration of the season. The not-so-obvious is to see and respond to the fact that the Holy Spirit is present to secure a song in our souls. He is ever ready to implant within us those resources which will make us sufficient for every good work, for every season, and for every circumstance.

The songs of the season pass, but the song which the Spirit imparts to you will remain, even when the holiday season is over.