Advent Devotional: Wednesday, December 11

Philip Quinn

Wednesday, Second Week of Advent: Peace
December 11, 2013


On Sunday morning, December 15, our Sanctuary Choir joins with the Danville Children’s Choir to sing a lyrical Christmas song, “Peace, Peace”.  The pure children’s voices begin with a soft middle-range melody, singing, “Peace, peace, peace on earth and goodwill to all...” Then our adult choir joins the children in harmony, singing, “This is a time for peace, joy, and love…” and both choirs continue in musical harmony singing, “Now let us all sing together—of peace, peace, peace on earth.”

As I look at this song, I think that probably the composer (actually the arranger) meant to write it like this—causing the music to “paint” the text.  It clearly displays musically how two different lines can live together harmonically and…in peace.

Hmmm…thats it!  Even though we are all different, that we all have individual voices and lives and circumstances, God made us so we can all live in harmony and peace with each other.   We can learn to “sing” together, the whole world, in peace.
   
Christmas is a time for peace on earth.  May we all join our different voices and sing together to make a symphony of Christmas Carols that will be heard around the earth.

“For unto us a child is born,
To us a son is given,
And the government shall be upon his shoulders.
And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of  Peace.”

Baby Jesus, may we sense the gift of peace that you brought to our world on the silent, holy night of your birth.  May we live in harmony with those around us.  AMEN.