Christmas Songs in October

I am currently studying the book of Colossians, but it’s impossible to get past the first three verses without noticing the thanks Paul gave.

“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
when we pray for you . . .” (Colossians 1:3).

Before the teaching.
Before the exhortation.
Before anything else.

We always thank God.

A close study of Paul’s letters reveals a consistent heart-attitude of thanks. Paul gave thanks. And no study of any kind, no matter how intellectually riveting, can rival a genuine heart of gratitude for the grace God gives.

Thus, if we are to follow Paul’s example, and even more importantly, if we are to follow Christ’s example, we must cultivate of lifestyle of offering thanks – for things both great and small.

This weekend my husband and I volunteered to chaperone for our teenage daughter’s choir retreat. Along with 32 teenagers and a few other chaperones, we rode a school bus to a remote campground where rustic cabins dotted the wooded landscape.

The choir director devoted the weekend to some fun activities for the Chamber Choir to bond and, of course, to several rehearsals.

While Jeff and I listened to their new repertoire of Christmas music, we marveled at this talented group of singers. These kids have been with this same music teacher since they were in the sixth grade, so by now – their junior and senior year of high school – they are as good as any university choir I’ve ever heard. (Please pardon the mom-brag-moment.) Honestly, it’s amazing what this choir teacher is able to bring out of these young adults.

And I couldn’t be more thankful . . .

for . . .

42. Christians who teach in public schools

43. Music that lifts the soul
44. Christmas songs in October
45. Messages of truth in song

46. Quaint little cabins in the woods

47. Paths that lead to water

48. Memory-making trips
49. My daughter’s choices in friends
50. A babysitter to make chaperoning possible

What I love most about choir is that it takes everyone. A single star-singer cannot produce the harmonies and counterpoint melodies that a group of singers can make together.

Whether it’s choir or something entirely else,
are you part of a larger group that is committed to making something
together that cannot be made on your own?

What are you thankful for today?

6 thoughts on “Christmas Songs in October

  1. I happened on your facebook page and miss you and your family so much. Life as an inner-city middle school teacher has been harder this year than I remember last year being. But God is so faithful. He brings all the support I need to keep going and is there with me through it all. I'm so proud of Simone for the beautiful woman of God she is growing to be. I wish I could be there to hear her sing. And I'm grateful for the encouragement that the time I am investing in my students now will be fruitful. I'm so excited for what God has for all of our futures!

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