We're officially in the Christmas season, and that means lots of Christmas music playing. You can hear it in the malls, on TV, and all over the radio with some stations playing nothing but seasonal music. Just about everyone in America can sing at least a little of songs like "Joy To The World", "Silent Night", and "O Little Town of Bethlehem". These songs are ubiquitous and a part of our societal culture. But how many people are really listening to the words?
Traditional Christmas songs are all about the birth of Jesus, how wonderful that is, and how much that has changed our world.
Round yon virgin, mother and child.
Holy infant so tender and mild.
Joy, to the world, the Lord is come.
Let Earth receive her king.
When people sing these songs, are they really paying attention to what they are saying? Is there meaning behind these words anymore, or do people just sing along without understanding the meaning behind the lyrics? These songs have powerful messages of wonder and joy. And they're all about Jesus!
So as you listen to the music this season, take time to stop and actually hear the words. Take them to heart, and make an effort to understand them. I think you may be surprised at how it can warm you better than any heater.