An Advent Reading for Sunday, December 17

Hymn 89, O Come, All Ye Faithful

Sing unto the Lord …give thanks. Psalm 30:4 KJV

   What an excellent theme—With a song in my heart—for the Advent celebration and the Christmas season.
   “O Come, All Ye Faithful” covers the story of Christmas. I urge you to get a copy of this beautifully worded hymn and look at the message, mainly the instructions directed toward the “faithful.” The Latin hymn tune goes back to the 18th century and is attributed to John Reading.
   This is a hymn of joy and appreciation for God sending His Son to mankind. We are to come “joyful and triumphant.” We’re not likely to be in Bethlehem on Christmas praising except in our thoughts, but that is our instruction as stated in the hymn.
   What would the Christmas season be without the wonderful “sounds of the season?”  There are numerous songs in addition to church hymns that remind us of childhood days and family good times, from “Jingle Bells” to “White Christmas.” And who can forget Rudolph?
   During this special period, let’s look at what the music is telling us—the real message. As the “faithful” we are so blessed to know the Savior and have the opportunity and desire to praise Him and thank our Lord for sending His Son to live among us, and for the Holy Spirit that remains.
   Remember what the song says. “O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him—Christ the Lord.”

Jim Bruffett