Why We Sing at Christmas
You know, like so many others, Christmas is my favorite time for getting friends and family together and celebrating the birth of Christ. I want to share a little Beck tradition with you that really helps our family get into the Christmas spirit. Every year for the past maybe 35 years, we have gone Christmas caroling to either a nursing home of the VA Hospital with big groups of friends and family. Lots of children, lots of chaos, lots of fun! We all wear festive clothes, silly hats, reindeer antlers, jingle bells, or whatever is going to bring joy to others. But here’s why I love it so much: We see dementia and Alzheimer’s patients in those nursing homes who remember word for word the lyrics to songs like “Silent Night,” “Joy to the World,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” and even silly songs like “Jingle Bells” and “Deck the Halls.” There’s something about music that soothes the soul and brings back incredible memories of days gone by. I love it. I’m ministered to even more than the precious little old people who sing along with us are. The Bible is so clear about the importance of music in our lives. Psalm 92 says, “It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to your name, O most High.”
Then there’s another memory, when my dad was in his last days. It was around Christmastime, and I thought, “I’m not singing Christmas carols this year. That would be just too hard. Too sad.” But we did. We gathered around my dad’s bed, and he joined us singing every Christmas carol we could think of. As you might imagine, there were tears, but they were mostly tears of joy and gratitude for having a Godly dad like mine for 87 years. He went to heaven shortly after Christmas, but I’ll never forget those moments of singing together and looking into each others’ eyes and seeing the love of Christ. Don’t miss an opportunity this Christmas to share with others, whether it’s through music and caroling or simply sitting down to a meal together and having meaningful fellowship. It’s a beautiful time of the year. May God bless you and yours this Christmas and always!