Christmas is “the most wonderful time of the year,” yet I hear so many refer to December as dreaded and draining. As musicians, we understand the drain. Programs hit right and left requiring preparation and practice. But when we stop and think for just one moment about why we are doing all of this—every hymn arrangement, every rehearsal, every Amazon order, every ribbon and bow—we realize the great mysterious joy behind it all: Christ in us!
Paul spoke so clearly about this mystery. For those without it, there is only a void in their rituals and stress. But for those in Christ Jesus, there is victory! There is joy and determination and purpose to all our Christmas activities. May we not lose sight of the Babe of Bethlehem, for He has given us eyes to see Him! And He is more radiant, more marvelous, and more glorious than the finest of sparkling Christmas trees.
To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me (Colossians 1:27-29).