I have worked all year towards a major carols event. Twelve months of work for the community, preparing “The Gift of Christmas.” Even though at times it was very frustrating and tiring, myself and my family were devastated when it was cancelled due to wet weather.
My eldest daughter sobbed for about an hour when she found out. She cried,”It wont feel like Christmas without the carols!” Part of me felt the same way.
It has taken a while to get back into the focus of Christmas, preparing our hearts for the celebration of the arrival of the Christ child. On the night of the schedule Carols event, the kids and I put up the Christmas tree and danced in our pjs and sang for a solid hour to our favourite carols.
It probably annoyed our neighbours, but it certainly lifted our spirits and filled our hearts with joy. There is something about being in community and taking time to sing about the birth of Jesus at a time where everything else is screaming, “Hurry, buy, put it on the credit card!”.
It binds us together.
It takes us out of ourselves.
It makes us think.
It can bring us hope.
It reminds us of the source of love.
May you know the peace and love of God this Christmas.