Pastor’s Pen                            December 6, 2017

"If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one."  A Russian Proberb

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and mammon.”                             Matthew 6:24

“Purity of heart is to will one thing.”              Soren Kierkegaard, Theologian

I hate fake Christmas. You know what I’m talking about. Listening to the radio this morning I was captivated by a featured story on the perfect Christmas song. This brought favorites to mind: “Joy to the World”, “O Holy Night”, “and Away in a Manger”. The list of favorites is pretty long, actually. The thought of singing these familiar carols in just a couple of weeks on Christmas Eve buoyed my spirit. And then I heard it.

The feature story actually discussed a study done by a musicologist on the most popular Christmas music, including the tempo, lyrics and how you felt listening to it. He synthetically created a new carol with the right toe tapping tune, and just the right mix of Christmas words about love and light and puppies and cookies. The problem of course if that it created a fake and forgettable hymn about a fake holiday that bears no resemblance to the occasion for which we express “Joy to the World.” It simply isn’t enough that the world can dance to it.

I don’t know about you, but in times such as these, I need the promises of God sturdy enough to live by: the hope of angel star to guide our path, the peace of a candle light illumining the humble places, the joy of shared anticipation that God’s promises will be fulfilled, and the expectation that love always wins.

If your energy flags even a little, if you feel overwhelmed, discouraged or sinking with grief, do not despair. For in the midst of all the truly awful things happening in the world that no doubt tug at the hem of your life for attention, listen to the heavenly song worth your single-hearted devotion: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

Prayer: Thank you God. In the midst of the clamoring voices of the world, we sing with people from every age: “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace…” Amen

God’s grace, mercy and peace,

Pastor Anna V. Copeland