Thursday, March 4, 2010

Christmas music in March

"It is good to give thanks to the Lord . And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; To declare Your loving kindness in the morning and your faithfulness by night, with the ten-stringed lute and with the harp, with resounding music upon the lyre." Psalms 92: 1-3

Photo (c) 2010 Carole Amateis-Lebruska

It is March and I am listening to Christmas music:-) And it is delightful!

It all started when my daughter posted on Facebook that today is Vavaldi's birthday. I thought I would search for some of his compositions among my classical CD collection. In a set of three compact discs, there it was. . . . my long lost "Olde English Christmas" CD that I have been trying to find for years - years, I tell you! In haste, I suppose, I had placed it in the collection. I just had to listen to it - I can't wait until December!

Easter is approaching - the time when we remember what Christ accomplished for us on that old rugged cross. And a time to rejoice that He arose from death, victorious over sin and the grave! He provided a way for each of us to have eternal life if we confess our sins and accept Him as our Savior!

Listening to Christmas songs brings the beginning of the story into focus. . . . how the journey to the cross began in a manger. And somehow, as I drink in the happy melodies into my soul at this time of the year - rather than at Christmas - they seem to take on even more meaning.

As I reflect, I ask myself why. Perhaps it is because at Christmas time here on this earth the celebration of Christ's birth is not all that it should be. It is so commercialized, so full of Santa Claus and his reindeer, things to do, presents to buy, trees to decorate and etc and etc. So not focused on Christ really - except for Christmas Eve services, Biblical themed Christmas cards and nativity scenes dotting the landscape. We struggle each year to keep Christ in Christmas.

Easter has its bunnies, eggs and new born chicks signifying new life - even though some may not make the connection, it is there. Christ came to life again and gives us new life - new beginnings and a new body after death free from sin and pain.

I never thought I would hear myself say this, but as I reflect. . . . . . it is refreshing to listen to Christmas music at Easter time. It brings joy to my heart in all its fullness. Because Christ was born, lived among men, suffered and died on a cross for our sins and rose again. . . . . . . well, think about it. . . . . . . it is a great time to rejoice. Hallelujah!

Thank you Jesus. I love you dearly.

Have you ever listened to Christmas music in the spring?

Merry Easter to each of you:-)