All of the seasons are beautiful, but I have to say that this season is my favorite! The clean smell of the rain, the changing colors of the leaves, the sounds of Christmas carols.  I have also observed how much friendlier and kinder people are to each other, and the thought crosses my mind often about how wonderful our world would be if people were as nice to each other all year round. But hey, why not enjoy this spirit while we have it, dont you agree?

One of the enjoyable things in life for me is hymn singing. I enjoy it in our home as a family, when Christian friends stop by, at nursing homes or hospitals and of course in church. Last week a group of us enjoyed singing carols to the patients and staff at a community hospital. They were so excited to hear us and I have in my memory the face of one nurse who just stood at her patient’s door and smiled through all of the carols and then gave us a big clap. Another nurse  on the next floor we sang at said ” be sure to stand and sing at this door because I have told him you were coming”. Joy starts inside but it prompts us to action; it also bounces right back to the giver!

What a Gift we received  when the shepherds who were abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock, were visited by the angel of the Lord: Luke 2:8-9. The Scriptures tell us that the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. Luke 2:13 “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men” Luke 2:13-14. What a sound that must have been, we can only imagine! As we sang our carols at the hospital we in no way sounded like that multitude of the heavenly host, but at least we could still utter the same words, ” Glory to God in the highest….”  and also add some of the other favorites… Silent Night, Holy Night, all is calm, all is bright; but it couldn’t have been very calm on the night of Jesus birth, not with all of those angels singing