December 1st was the first Sunday of Advent. It is officially time to sing Christmas music in church, one of my favorite times on the church calendar. I memorized the melody as soon as I could sing the lyrics to the hymns.

When I was in high school I joined the choir as an alto. It was difficult at first, to let go of the melody of songs. I wanted to sing in the soprano section; it was more well known to the listener’s ear. It was also the part that got the most notice.

Mr. Myren, our choir director, was gifted with finding the perfect harmony within our choir. I used to watch him as he stood three people next to each other to have them sing, which often sounded fine. He would then switch where two of them were standing and find a stronger, clearer sound.

As an adult, I recognize the beauty of each part of the music; the clear notes of sopranos, the deep resonance of the bass section, the sweet harmony of the tenor and alto sections. I am grateful for the part I have been given to sing, the role I have to fulfill. It’s what God created for me to do.

Come, let us shout joyfully to the Lord,

shout triumphantly to the rock of our salvation!

Let us enter His presence with thanksgiving;

let us shout triumphantly to Him in song.

Come, let us worship and bow down;

let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.

For He is our God,

and we are the people of His pasture,

the sheep under His care (Psalm 95:1-2,6-7, HCSB).

This Christmas season I am hopeful that as I fulfill my part, I will complete the tasks He has given me with joy. Whether I am in the foreground or the background in the world’s eyes does not matter to me. I pray instead, I will know I am filling my heart and soul with the joy of Heaven because I have been obedient to the Choir Director, Jesus Himself.

Best Beloved, what part are you singing this season? Are you singing to hold the spotlight or are you singing to give praise? Has your voice joined the choir only to sing the notes in a flat key because your heart doesn’t care? What would help you find the joy this season? Is it watching the snow fall while drinking hot chocolate? Is it watching Christmas television specials or movies? Baking with your kids?

I pray you will find your joy again and sing brightly and clearly the part He has given to you.

I will praise You, Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to You among the nations. For Your faithful love is higher than the heavens, and Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. (Psalm 108:3-4, HCSB).

About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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