"Messiah"               12/6/2018

The woman said, "I know that Messiah" (called Christ) "is coming." Then Jesus declared, "I who speak to you am he" (John 4:25-26 NIV).

Today I sat at the table eating a bowl of warm clam chowder on a cold Fall day on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. I listened to a CD of George Frideric Handel's "Messiah", and wondered where are the great musical artists of today?

When we listen to the radio, all one hears is R&B, Hip-Hop, Country & Western, or screaming sopranos "singing" words one can't understand. To some I suppose it is music, but where are the beautiful arias and tenor solos from ages past? One reason I love the Christmas season is the chance to hear beautiful songs sung by choirs and choruses. I especially enjoy the songs that tell of the birth of Christ, and even the ditties for kids: Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, and I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus! 

Each generation has their favorite songs and hymns. And yes, my young days are over, but I still enjoy listening to the music of past generations. Growing up in a church I had the opportunity to sing many beautiful hymns that are seldom sung in today's Praise Services. Many churches have Praise Teams rather than choirs now. I do look forward to Heaven where we will sing with the heavenly chorus, whenever.

May this Christmas season 2018 bring you much pleasure, whatever your choice of music. Remember, God created our voices and is pleased when we choose to honor Him by singing with them! 


 Love In His Grace, Anne S. Grace  Gift of Grace Ministries  asgrace55@yahoo.com 

"For by grace you have been saved...it is the gift of God" (Ephesians 2:8).