Jingle: An Advent Devotional – Thursday, December 15, 2022

Writer’s Name: Terry Anne Farner

Lake Deaton Ministry: Choir Director

Scripture:  Luke 2:13-14

Imagine a choir of little children, dressed in costumes from around the world, singing beautiful Christmas songs from every country imaginable.  I was four years old when I participated in our church children’s choir performance, such as this, at Trinity Methodist Church in Alexandria, Virginia!  I will never forget that program for it is emblazoned in my memory as one of the happiest Advent experiences in my life!  It opened a world of Christian music performances that touched my heart!

As a child, music was always a part of my family’s life – my five sisters and I had a mama with a beautiful voice, who trained us to sing in harmony as a family – at home, in the car on trips, in church, in school, and our community.  I was so excited to learn new songs and learn to play piano, guitar, and organ. 

The scripture today reads that,

“…a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.’ “

My vision of that scripture has always been an enormous heavenly angel choir in white, singing the most beautiful song that could be heard, while the whole sky was lit with a light so bright that it was almost blinding.  What awe the shepherds must have felt to behold such a sight!  And yet to come, their greater awe in meeting the Christ Child lying in the manger!  I cannot imagine how that would have felt, can you? 

God’s love – through a tiny baby boy who came to save the world – is the greatest gift given to us from the heavenly father.  When you hear uplifting Christmas music, do you feel that love?  I Do!

As you experience Advent this year, remember the “Reason For The Season” and reflect on God’s love for each of us.         

Daily Prayer: “Dear Heavenly Father, Grant us peace during this Advent season and help us to hear your music in all areas of our lives. Help that music to uplift us and remind us of your love.”  Amen

Discussion/Reflection Questions:

1.  Listen to Christmas Hymns today and reflect on God’s love.

2.  How can you share God’s love through music today?

3.  Pray for those who are lost and ask for God’s guidance in how you can reach out to others during this Advent season.

6 responses to “Jingle: An Advent Devotional – Thursday, December 15, 2022”

  1. Love your devotion. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. I know exactly what you mean! When I hear those beautiful Christmas carols I light up from the inside….my heart fills with the Hope, Love, Peace and Joy of Christmas. Thank you for sharing your heart and talet with us.

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  3. I had the same feeling listening to the choir and praise band sing together last night. Thank you for keeping Christmas in our hearts❤️

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  4. How beautiful and joyful! Thank you for sharing this and I know the joy of music too and how rejoicing together like the songs we sing at Christmas in love! All because of Jesus as a new born child showing us hope and how to love.

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  5. Tamara Talkey-Campbell Avatar
    Tamara Talkey-Campbell

    Thank you fir sharing! Some of my greatest memories was the singing group we had at Annex. Eric and Debbie Lucas lead the group. We would go to other churches to sing and one year we went to Miller’s school in Charlottesville. You and Debbie were a part of that group. I am sure we sang the Christmas hymns during Advent, I remember we always ended with “Pass It On”. Love you dear friend. Hugs from Virginia,

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  6. What an absolutely wonderful message. Thank you so much!

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