There are many benefits to being involved in the choir at church.
Friendships. Laughter. Sharing of burdens. Music - that is both up-lifting and thought provoking.
Our choir director requires that musicians in small groups memorize their music. The older I get, the harder this is. But I enjoy the discipline and spend time writing and re-writing the lyrics of the songs I am committing to memory.
Here is a verse I am contemplating this weekend. The tune is lively and joy-filled. The words also give life and joy.
You are Messiah, the Savior, Redeemer,
born of a virgin in Bethlehem's stall.
A humble servant exalted forever
You reign as King over all, over all.
(Kirk and Deby Dearman)
O Hope of the world, Emmanuel,
God here with us forever,
Shine, shine through the dark, into our hearts,
Jesus You are the Hope of the world.
(Gary Sadler and Jamie Harvill)
Consider choosing a Christmas hymn or sacred carol to meditate on this month, in addition to your regular devotions. It will help you focus on the One Who made Christmas, Christmas.
It is supposed to be rainy and chilly here this weekend. A perfect time to whip up some of these recipes from Pioneer Woman. You could make something new every day from now until Christmas and not run out of ideas. There are even gluten free recipes!