Saturday, November 30, 2013
Singing to God Through Our Pain This Holiday Season
“Sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God” (Colossians 3:16).
A big part of the holidays is music, and it is one time of year that Christ-centered music is played in the secular world.
This verse in Colossians connects singing to God with thankfulness. This attitude can be hard to maintain when dealing with pain and problems, but oh how we need it, especially during the holiday season.
It is hard to be thankful when we are frustrated over the things we can’t do during the holidays or concerned about how we will get through those that we must do, all the while trying to maintain a properly joyful Christmas attitude! Being thankful can be challenging if we focus on other holidays when we were in better health or our circumstances were different.
Singing songs of worship has carried me through some of my most painful times and has changed my attitude on difficult days. Praise takes our focus off of our pain and reminds us of the loving and powerful God we serve and all the blessings that knowing Him brings, both now and forever.
As we hear the well-loved Christmas songs of the season this year, let us not simply sing the words from rote memory. Let us hear the words as they apply to our current lives. We can sing with peace in our hearts no matter what we are facing because the Prince of Peace is here with us. We can sing with thanksgiving and joy because of the wonderful truth that since Jesus came down to us on earth, we will one day go to be with Him in heaven. And we can keep on singing when the holidays are over in anticipation of that glorious pain-free day when the object of our faith finally becomes sight.
Prayer: O God, help us give back this gift of music to You in praise this Christmas season and beyond. And let the hope of the words we sing fill us with peace and joy even in our suffering. Amen.