Comfort and Joy

Hustle, bustle, rushing around, lists, gifts, crowds…so much happening in December. And, in the past week we add the deaths of several close to us. How do we cope? How do we find the time to be comforted in our time of grief while preparing ourselves, our families and our homes for the birth of Christ?

For me, I love Advent and Christmas music. The texts are rich and so full of promise. Sometimes I just get out a hymnal and read those words penned with so much thought by wise poets. Loading up the CD player with some of my favorite Christmas music is also of great comfort and solace to me, it slows me down just a bit so that I can take in the richness of its beauty.

This weekend I am looking forward to two great musical events. On Saturday night I will be spending time with Handel’s Messiah. Oh, what a great combination of musical and poetic artistry! On Sunday afternoon at 4pm, Holy Comforter will present a service of Advent Lessons and Carols. Time spent listening, singing, and reflecting on the scripture will be of comfort during this season of Advent-the season of Hope, Peace, Joy, Love and Comfort.

Mary McIntire