I grew up with Christmas always wrapped up in singing. We sang in the car, we sang at home, we sang at Gram's standing around the organ. The Hymnal was as much a staple in my life as bread and milk. When we sang it was always in four part harmony. To this day it is hard for me not to fall right into the alto line in any song.
Now when I go to many a church there are no hymnals and no organs. I embraced the change for the most part, my mom had a hard time with that. The loud of today actually hurt her failing ears - "just a lot of noise" she would say.
As I get older I appreciate what she means. We all have memories of something that has changed or faded away, and we miss those somethings. I find myself missing the hymns now - perspective I guess.
Mom called me the other day and asked me, "Do you have my hymnal, you know the old one, the 'real' one?" She insisted I had her copy here. Unfortunately I did not. So the quest began. I called a friend and sure enough she was able to locate a copy (1939 copyright) of the "hymnal." She doesn't know it yet, but it is in the mail. So this Christmas mom will be able to sit in daddy's favorite chair, finger through the pages of the hymnal to her hearts content and hear the four part harmony and the organ and the verse after verse of memories.
What is your "Hymnal?" What means so much to you that you would want to sit in a favored chair and just hold it and cherish it and close your eyes and hear it? Make memories this Christmas because when you are 90 that is what you hold onto.
I am going to quote Pastor Charles Stanley for Girlfriends God's Way's Christmas Message for all of you.
"Think about all the presents you've received in your life."
Ponder them and then realize that "Jesus Christ is the only gift that came straight from heaven."
"Sin had so wrecked humanity that we were all under the wrath of God and in desperate need of forgiveness and deliverance from our guilt, shame, and fleshly behaviors."
"So God the Father sent His only begotten Son into our lives.....He knew.....no other gift could ever provide for our needs or fulfill our longings as completely as Christ Jesus."
"God came into this world with a body like ours so that we could see Him, touch Him, and understand Him. And yet the tragedy is that most people never "unwrap" this gift. They keep Him a baby in the manger scene or categorize Him as just a teacher or preacher. But this will never do. If you do not unwrap the gift, you will never know what is inside."
"To open the present, open the Bible. The more you get to know Jesus, the better you will understand how perfect the gift is for you."
All the "Girlfriends" from all the Chapters wish you a very Merry and Blessed Christmas Season
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