Music not missiles

How pleasant and soothing it will be to hear the words and music of beloved, immortal Christmas carols in public places

News reports from the Middle East, prior to the “cease fire” were frightening; rockets and missiles trace an arc in the sky, buildings crash to the ground, dark ominous billows of smoke rise and pollute the air, sirens howl as humans bleed, suffer, even die.

As runners in a race wait for the word to start running, so nuclear weapons are ready for the signal to action and destruction.

The anniversary of our Savior’s birth is rapidly approaching. May we turn our thoughts and minds to the peaceful and heart-warming event which once took place near the site of the present unrest in the Middle East.

How pleasant and soothing it will be to hear the words and music of beloved, immortal Christmas carols in public places.

Silent Night, Holy Night contains the message, “Christ, the Saviour is born!” O Little Town of Bethlehem invites Jesus with the words, “O holy child of Bethlehem, descend to us we pray. Cast out our sin, and enter in. Be born in us today.”

What comfort and assurance there is in another seasonal carol which says, “Joy to the world, the Lord is come, let earth receive her King.” In Hark the Herald Angels Sing, we honour the divine King and sing, “Hail the incarnate Deity.”

What precious pearls poets of the past have passed on to people of the past and present.

Friends, enjoy peace through Jesus Christ, the prince of peace! Scripture says, “neither is there salvation in any other for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12.

Leander Arndt

 

Penticton