"But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart." Luke 2:19
We went caroling the other night and it was a grand time in my eyes. We started off at "Rock Creek" and sang in the dining room there. Folks continued to drift in as we sang continuously for 25 minutes or so. There were smiles, nods of recognition and sometimes others sang along with us. We enjoyed the time and it seemed we were enjoyed as well. (Singing, and singing together, what a simple sweet thing.)
Then we went to "The Springs" and started off in a small dining room, finished in a large dining room with a fairly large crowd of people. Those moments were good too, but in between we sang to a small group in an area that is secured so that the residents there cannot wonder away. (The area has a safe sounding name that escapes me now, it is an attempt to put a nicer face on a finally debilitating illness.)
Some families members were present and tried to explain to their loved ones why we were there. Whether they understood or not faded in importance as we sang because it seemed that the words of familiar Christmas carols and songs touched them in a deep place.
There were efforts to clap along to Jingle Bells, and tears were shed during Silent Night. I cannot pretend to know what they remembered, or even necessarily heard, but the feeling was that those simple beautiful words about the birth of the Christ child touched a place deep in their hearts.
Like Mary? Like us? May we sing the hymns loudly, softly, or just listen. But in the end may the promise of the gift touch us deeply, in the times that we too ponder all these words.
"Heavenly God, may our hallelujahs ring loud and true as we celebrate the birth of our Savior. Let us rejoice knowing that he is truly Emmanuel, God with us. Our hearts are filled with joy knowing that we see your face in the precious baby Jesus. May our worship and praise be to your glory, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Amen."
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