Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens;
praise him in the heights!
2 Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his host!
Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars!
4 Praise him, you highest heavens; and you waters above the heavens!
5 Let them praise the name of the Lord, for he commanded and they were
6 He established them forever and ever; he fixed their bounds, which
cannot be passed.
7 Praise the Lord from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps,
8 fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy wind fulfilling his command!
9 Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars!
10 Wild animals and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds!
11 Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth!
12 Young men and women alike, old and young together!
13 Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted;
his glory is above earth and heaven.
14 He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his faithful, for the
people of Israel who are close to him. Praise the Lord! (Psalm 148:1-14, New Revised Standard Version)
I don’t think that, by this point in my writing of this blog, that it should be a surprise that I love music. The truth is, I do love music and I am a sucker for Christmas music.
When I first reported aboard ship in the Navy, I was assigned to the wardroom (that is where the officers eat their meals) for mess duty. Mess duty is something just about all enlisted sailors do fairly soon after reporting to their ship for duty. In my case I had been on the Mt. Whitney for less than two weeks when I was assigned to the wardroom for four and half months. It was right around December 1st, when I reported, when the ship returned from a European cruise. After a week of orientation it was on to mess duty. I finished about the end of March.
The ship had its own radio station (WLCC) but it generally only played when we were at sea. Around the ship there were gray boxes attached to the bulkhead that had a four-switch dial on it for the choice of “station.” There really was only station but in port, we carried four local stations. At sea there was the ships station that played a wide variety of music and three others that were just recording tapes of various other kinds of music.
We spent all of December and most of January before we went to sea. During December, channel “D” was Christmas music. When all my co-workers were out doing other things, I flipped the switch to “D” and it was all Christmas music. It would last for a bit and then someone would come in and flip the switch and we were once again it was some heavy rock and roll.
Music has always been a part of our tradition in the Judeo-Christian faith. Scripture reminds us in many places of that same line of thought. In the psalm above, the psalmist talks about praising God, the heavenly host, and so much more. Psalms is the hymnal of the ancient Jews. Quite frankly, I can’t fathom worship, at least not on a long term basis without music.
Christmas music as a genre probably doesn’t go back as far. Still, there is a very rich tradition in the beautiful music of the season.
The December challenge is all about Christmas music. I challenge you to listen, in some cases for some of you, it may be the first time you have heard the song. For others you are re-listening for who knows how many times. Take a moment and listen. You can find all these songs in places like YouTube, Spotify, Amazon Music and more. Write down your memories. Write down how the songs to you. Let the music speak to others through you. I look forward to hearing your stories.
Feel free to post your stories as replies to this post. You can post them on my page, my author’s page, Perritte Memorial’s page, Spirit’s Breath, Stone Tablets, your own page or somewhere else where your stories of Christmas music might touch the lives of others.
The calendar above has all the songs for the month. I hope to hear some of your story this month.
Seeking the Genuine,
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