By Sister Dolores Glick, MHSH
…Joy to the World…Glory to the Newborn King…All is Calm, All is Bright…Peace on Earth, Good will to all…Gloria in Excelsis Deo.
Joyfully we celebrate those words, sing those carols and feel the absolute power of the Christmas story in music.
For some, it is the somber sound of the death of a loved one, failing health or insurmountable marital problems. For the young, it may be the confusion and pressures of a rapidly changing world. Others hear the discordant music of the Middle East, where loved ones in the military face death daily. Some of us hear the sad song of the daily news, which intones the stories of refugees, terrorist plots, unemployment, foreclosures, hunger and the cold, cruel world of homelessness.
Where has the music of Christmas gone?
Here is the challenge: Can you let go of your “real world” song and replace it with the joyous sound of the rebirth of the world?
Are you able to rekindle the hope that is Christmas?
Which sounds of Christmas take the lead in your heart on December 26?
Can you embrace the certainty that each new day is a new beginning through the birth of the infant Jesus in Bethlehem?