"Hark the Herald Angels Sing"
My husband has a wonderful coping technique for dealing with the stress of busy airports. When he deplanes, he puts in his earphones and listens to Mercy Me songs. He does this to remind himself that everyone he encounters in the airport, whether on his way to the next connection or baggage claim, is a child of God. While I find his deliberate approach to eliminating the frustration of dealing with crowds funny, it seems to work really well.
These next few weeks will be filled with traffic jams, long check out lines, frustrated customers and employees, tired children, and even more exhausted parents. I wonder if we could take the songs we love to sing at Christmas and let them resonate in our ears as we encounter the stress of this busy time of year? If we truly want to focus on the “reason for the season,” wouldn’t it be awesome to hear- “Hark the harold angels sing, glory to the new born King. Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinner reconciled.”
What a comfort there is in knowing that peace and mercy were wrapped in strips of cloth and laid in a manger. What calm there is in hearing that you and I are reconciled to the One who is love and calls us to love those all around us.
Be encouraged this week by the wonderful words in the songs we sing and hear! May they be words that eliminate the frustrations and bring you peace.