Sometimes in Christmas, as we are busy praising God, we hear our name called in music. Something stirs in us and we sing, “This is who I am, and who I am meant to be.” When the Apostle Paul urged the church at Colossae to let God’s Word “dwell in you richly,” he lists singing. When we sing the Word of God, it burrows down deep in our being. We can’t sing Silent Night and not be different afterward.
Christmas caroling brings us closer to Jesus, doesn’t it? We become what we have previously professed; we become the carol. That’s what we mean when we say that we know that carol by heart; it’s down deep in us, it takes over us, it is us!
Something deep within us insists on song. Can we ever get over the bedtime songs with which we were sung to sleep? God has made us to join in together in singing. One day, on that day, anything which has kept us from singing will be defeated by God. That day is Christmas. This child of God, the one whose birth caused the angels to break forth in song, will enable all the world to sing.
On Christmas Eve, we will be singing many carols. I hope you can be there. The rift between the world and heaven will be healed, and saints on earth and saints in heaven will lift up their voices in unison. God joins us, and we will sing through the night! How sweet.