It slipped in softly and early this year. It started long before the holiday decorations appeared in the stores…long before the carols began to play. It began to appear when the first cloudy, cooler day came. The barest drift of snow appeared on the very tops of the mountains and the autumn colors were changing all about me. It whispered to me…but I didn’t hear it.
The noise of the world interfered. I heard anger, hatred, wars, terrorist attacks, disasters and my own personal frustrations. In some ways, it seemed almost all-consuming. Even when I fought it with humor or other things, it was still there, in the back of my mind making me question many things about my life.
Then one day, while listening to quiet music, one of my favorite Christmas songs was suggested and though it was October, I listened to it. The notes began to caress my spirit tenderly and quietly. Like a warm hug that starts from inside and moves outward, I felt peacefully wrapped in love. Once that song had finished, another one began to play…another gentle melody, another favorite song. For more than an hour, I sat and listened to one tender, reverent song after another…and the darkness disappeared.
What counteracted the darkness? The Savior of the world, Jesus Christ, who is the very epitome of love and light. It was a much needed reminder that while the world is in turmoil, we can find peace within ourselves if we seek it…if we seek Him. For wise men still do.
As a Christmas gift to you all, I have put together a list of those songs that brought me such warmth, love and peace. I hope you all get a quiet time to listen and reflect on the peace that is still ours if we seek it. Merry Christmas to my beloved friends and family and as Tiny Tim once said…
“God Bless Us…every one!”