Day 140

A few nights ago my husband and I had the privilege of attending a Christmas celebration with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. We have never been to anything like it before. When I was younger I went to my older brother and sisters orchestra concerts, but it wasn’t like this. No offense, guys.

For two hours we sat fascinated by the sound of all of the instruments and the beautiful voices of the choir accompanying them to some of our favorite Christmas songs.

To close the first half of the program they preformed Handel’s “Messiah.” It was so moving to hear the story of the birth of Jesus told through music.

I must say I have never really been a fan of the Hallelujah Chorus. I think it’s been overused and in really unfitting settings. Like on a commercial where a guy finds a bag of his favorite potato chips and the Hallelujah Chorus kicks in… not how it was intended to be used.  I’m so glad I got to experience it like it was meant to be experienced.

The first time “Messiah” was ever performed in London the King of England was so moved during the Hallelujah Chorus he had to stand. And of course everyone followed. I learned that it’s now custom to stand when that song is being played. As the whole audience rose to their feet at the Meyerson Center on Thursday night, I was amazed at how a group of random people with random beliefs were able to usher in the presence of God just by singing about Him.

If you are having trouble getting into the Christmas spirit or feel like God is far away, spend some time ushering in His presence by singing songs of praise to Him.  Christmas is all about Him, so if you aren’t feeling Christmas you aren’t feeling Him and if you want to feel Him, start singing.  I sound nothing like the singers in the choir sounded that night and I don’t have an amazing orchestra to accompany me, but I have learned there is nothing that will bring me into the presence of God faster than singing praises to Him.

Psalm 147:1 (Buddy the Elf translation) The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.
  1. My new found appreciation of the Hallelujah Chorus
  2. How a random group of people with different beliefs were able to fill the room with God’s presence just be singing praise to Him.
  3. Sing, Sing, Sing by Chris Tomlin.
  4. Buddy the Elf.
  5. Christmas party with five year olds at church today.  Love teaching those little guys about the best gift ever.
  6. Josh got to leave church early so we got to hit the road early.
  7. Beau’s teacher at church gave me all the lyrics to the songs they sing in her class so now when she requests one I’ll be able to sing it for her.
  8. Car packed with Christmas presents for our family in Tulsa.
  9. We had a safe trip.
  10. Beau took a nice, long nap.
  11. My four hour uninterrupted talk with Josh on the drive.
  12. Gus & Beau are traveling pros.
  13. The kids looked adorable in their Christmas outfits at church.
  14. MeeMee, Josh’s grandma is in town for Christmas!
  15. Hanging out with the family at my sister in law’s house.
  16. Mazzio’s pizza.
  17. Home made cinnamon rolls thanks to Aunt Brookie.
  18. Beau loves her Aunt Brookie.  I really enjoy hearing her say “Aunt Broopie”
  19. Hearing Gus and Beau talking to each other through the monitor.  Beau was SO excited to sleep in the same room as her big brother.
  20. The deep bath tub at Josh’s parents house.
  21. The beautiful Christmas decorations Nana puts up.
  22. 11 stockings hung by the chimney.
  23. Beau’s stocking has a bag of Cheetos in it.  Perect.
  24. Got to give Nana & Papa a special gift and share a special moment with them.
  25. Pictures of Josh when he was little that I can really see Beau in.
  26. Sitting by the fire, fellowshipping with the family.
  27. I love coming home for Christmas and I love that my kids will love to come home for Christmas when they have families of their own.
  28. The yummy white chocolate popcorn M&M treats Allie made.

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