To sing to/with our friends at the care center, some plans had to be made and implemented. Before leaving the house:
- I tuned my guitar.
- I fed our cat.
- I donned my red-silk Christmas jacket.
- I found the German words of “Silent Night” or “Stille Nacht.”
- Hymnals and guitar in tow, I set off to town.
The weather, though foggy, provided for good clear roads, as I traveled. My timing worked well. I made it to the care center a bit ahead of schedule. Hurray, my plan worked!
This time of year brings back memories of Christmases past, with songs and carols of the season. We brought a home-made bass, 2 guitars, a tambourine and microphones. We used the piano provided by the care center. We sang and occasionally the audience joined in a sing-along. What fun it was to reminisce musically.
Many residents at the care center grew up in German-speaking homes. What a pleasure it was to sing, “Stille Nacht” for them before we entered into the worshipful singing of the English words to “Silent Night.” How special it was to view residents singing along. In any language, this Christmas is a reflection of that first Christmas that has influenced and forever changed so many of our lives.
Our care center friends certainly helped kick-off the Christmas season for me and my musical partners. They may think we served them by singing. But, it is my opinion, they served us.
I hope that you, too, will find some creative way to share the joy and love of Christmas with others. Wherever you are, whoever you are, Jesus’ birth was for you. He came into this world to bring you deliverance from your sins. Do have a Merry Christmas.
As the angel said, “Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10, 11 (KJV) Rejoice, Christmas is for you.
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Photo credit: Bretta Grabau