“O Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures for ever.”
1 Chronicles 16.34
I really enjoy this time of year - carols, presents, jumpers, food, atmosphere, parties and the music. By music I mean those chart-topping hits that get played endlessly in the shops from about mid-November until Christmas. They are like Marmite though - you either love them or you hate them. I am definitely in the “love them” camp and enjoy all the Christmas parties that come with youth ministry that allow me to play them over and over!
Although the theme of these songs is often Christmas, many have an underlying theme of love - romantic love. Examples of this include “All I want for Christmas is you”, “Last Christmas”, “Merry Christmas Everyone” and “I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”.
We all crave love - that genuine desire to know that we are loved and that we can love someone in return. It’s in our DNA; as humans we are wired to love and love in return. But we all know that this gets twisted and broken in unhealthy relationships, broken friendships and sometimes outright hatred towards those we share the planet with.
Another classic song is “Do they Know it’s Christmas Time?” and, although this isn’t about the romantic love of many of the Christmas songs, it did speak of love and sought to give love to those who most needed it at the time. Now it has come in for criticism but this was a group of people who wanted to help and did what they could - something that is worthy of merit.
Our desire for love and to give love comes from our maker and one thing I am certain of this Christmas is that His love is steadfast and endures forever.
Pray that you, and all whom you love, might feel peace this Christmas.
As you make your final preparations for Christmas, take a moment to thank God for what he has already given to you