Our Wandering Wise Men – December 17

Now that the path had been cleared of obstacles, our travelers were intent on moving speedily along to meet the great King.  But then they heard something.  It was the sound of children’s voices raised in song - joyous song.  Their old friends from the preschool rooms were having a concert!  Melchior suggested they make a small detour to get a closer look and enjoy the performance.  Balthasar and Gaspar heartily agreed.  There is something about the sound of children singing so earnestly that can soften even the hardest of hearts.

Today’s Quote:  “Something was terribly missing from the Grinch as well.  He stands on the mountaintop listening for the lamentations that he knew would follow when the Whos discovered his wonderful, awful idea.  But when he listens, he hears singing.  He’s heard the Whos sing before, and it was noise to him; but this time it stirs his soul, and it makes his heart tremble.  Why?  What song could they possibly sing that would be so powerful to even transform the heart of the Grinch?...It was probably a song that spoke a deep and profound truth, a song that you can’t help but sing when you wake up to find that everything you have is gone.  “Since love is Lord of heaven and earth, how can I keep from singing?”  Through their song the Grinch discovers that Christmas isn’t about the packages or presents or decorations.  It is about love, a love that we celebrate in the best of time, and a love we cling to in times of strife and oppression.   Jesus is what God’s love looks like, and that’s what Christmas is about.  Finally recognizing this truth is what caused the Grinch’s heart to grow.” (Matt Rawles)

Today’s Microchallenge:  Listen to some Christmas music today. Sing along and allow your heart to be stirred

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