Being in ministry at this time of year is both exciting and exhausting all at the same time! With a schedule that quickly fills with potluck dinners, holiday concerts, school Christmas parties, church decorating, and evenings filled with ABC Family Holiday Specials, you may find yourself wondering how much is reasonable to do and still keep your focus on the right thing, with the right heart.
I recently read over Psalm 95 and found the beginning verses practical for me to remember the next time my husband comes home from work saying he’d like to have all the deacons and their wives over for a Christmas dinner…”Umm, which day were you thinking, Dear?”
Take a moment and read over Psalm 95:1-7a with me.
“Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.”
I love how the author encourages us to come before him with thanksgiving….and then notes that the very way to do it is with music and song. Here are just a few reasons why we should be thankful:
- He is GREAT!
- He is above all gods.
- He controls the happenings of the earth.
- He owns the details of nature.
- He MADE it all!
- We are under his care.
The holiday marathon that you’re worried about running can be filled with thanksgiving if you keep the earbuds in, stay focused on all that He is, all that He’s done, and all that He sustains each day.
So as you rework the white space on your calendar, keep these suggestions in mind.
- Keep the radio on (the Christian Station, of course!) in your house and while running errands,
- Linger for a few minutes during choir practice to hear the Christmas praises. Jot down a phrase that jumps out at you in one of the songs, read it before heading to bed.
- Teach your children a Christmas carol you remember from childhood then talk about its meaning,
- Hum “Mary did you know?” in the shower before starting your day. Imagine being Mary and what praises she might have sung during her morning routine.
What other suggestions can you give? What other ways can we offer genuine thanksgiving and praise to our Lord through music? Add your own thoughts below. May we be intentional about our thoughts and attitudes during this upcoming marathon…errr…I mean holiday!