Shepherds and Kings

I love Christmas music. I could listen to it year round, but I exercise restraint (and avoid conflict with the grinches in my life) by limiting my merry playlists to the months of October-December. Okay, okay, sometimes is goes into January. There’s just something special about having set aside time for things. Christmas music has a season every year, and every year I am reminded of just how much truth there is in the songs of Christmas.

When it comes to Body & Soul Christmas music, I have some favorites. I love the peppy ones (I am forever an optimist), and the contemplative ones as well, but give me a good story song, and I am delightedly lost in the music. I love that these artists paint in word pictures that fill my imagination with scenes of that first Christmas. For the last few years we have had the song Gloria by Jason Gray as part of our line up. Partly that is because it’s a great high cardio song, but also it’s because I love it. The lyrics of the song are written through the eyes of the shepherds. I can so identify with those guys. Just normal people, going about their job, not expecting God to burst in and change everything but that’s exactly what happened to them and to me.

The birth of Christ changed everything for the shepherds and for the kings of this world. No one was excepted from the impact of His coming. We all have to decide what we will do with the Good News of the Gospel. Christ has come…do you believe He is who He says He is? He claims to be Emmanuel, God with Us, the Word made flesh, the long promised Messiah, our Wonderful Counselor and Prince of Peace. What will we do with those claims? We can dismiss them as ridiculous or we can believe.

The shepherds chose to believe. They saw the angels and ran “running like children run, reckless and wild with a song that made them young again.” They had news for anyone who would hear it! King or peasant, the news was for everyone! “They were crying out “have you heard, have you heard O Bethlehem!” Some kings chose to believe. They bowed down and worshiped this little boy who they knew had come to change the world. Others sought to kill the baby that threatened their power and their own kingdoms.

So what is the response of your heart? When you hear those Christmas songs telling about the birth of Christ. Does your pulse quicken with the anticipation of the coming of the King? Do you get a little weepy when you consider the baby born to die? Does your heart cry out in wonder for the gift given?

Music can make us feel so many things. I hope this season you will take a little time to listen to some Christmas music and consider the child in the manger and who He is to you. Lose yourself in the sounds of the season that remind us that we sing GLORIA! There, in the manger, is the newborn KING!

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Tracie Durham is a Cardio Strength Trainer for South Central. She is a former attorney, full-time home schooling mother of three kids (Abbie, Aubrie and Charlie), wife of a Fire Chief (Phillip) and unabashed fan-girl of “all the words” and mostly importantly…of Jesus.

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