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Nov 11, 2019

Sing-Along A-Christmas

They’ve been in the shops for ages now, and no doubt by the time that you are reading this you will be sick of most of them- Christmas songs, I mean. We have the same ones every year and ones that have become almost as part of our 21st century seasonal culture as Away In A Manger. “Do they know it’s Christmas time at all”, “ I’m dreaming of a white Christmas”, “So here it is, Merry Christmas, everybody’s having fun”, “Last Christmas, I gave you my heart and the very next day, you gave it away”, “Santa Claus is coming to town”, Rudolf, the red nosed reindeer”, “Have yourself a merry little Christmas, let your heart be light, next year all our troubles will be out of sight”. I could go on. No doubt you will recognise some of them, and I dare say that you may even end up with an ‘ear worm’ or two as you are reminded of the tunes and you will be singing them in your head as it were for the rest of today.

There is one song though that has been sung for over 2000 years and one that we are reminded of every year as we approach the season that we know as Christmas- the birthday of Jesus Christ. That song is the one sung by the angels when they announced to the shepherds the arrival of the babe who would change the direction and events of history ”Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men”. We will all have sung it from time to time when we sing the carol “Whilst shepherds watched their flocks by night”. But what a song to sing- we don’t know the tune- we can only imagine what a glorious sound it would have been- but the good news that God’s favour and goodness was about to shine on the earth as He gave His only son to be born as a child- like you and I- and to live as we do, experiencing life as flesh and blood. What a wonderful thing to sing about this Christmas- peace toward all men- God’s unmerited favour to humankind.

As we chomp on our turkey and swig our sherry, listening to Mariah Carey and Wham! for the umpteenth time, let’s also remember the song the angels sang over God’s creation- the eternal song of God’s love and peace to us all.

Revd David Swannack


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