This time of year is the only time we ever hear the beautiful carols of Christmas proclaiming the truth about Jesus and his birth. I have great childhood memories of caroling—singing Oh Holy Night!, Silent Night, Away in a Manger and all of the other beautiful songs that are imbedded in my mind.
Little did I understand that God was using that method to teach me about himself and so begin a lifelong journey of faith. In Romans we read that “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” We experience Christ through hearing and storing scripture in our memory whether through reading or through song.
My mother (96) was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s two years ago and we have watched her die before us as her memories vanish. However, though she cannot remember the simplest things, she recites the Lord’s Prayer perfectly and can sing many of the Christmas carols without hesitation.
The season of Christmas and all of the beautiful sounds we associate with it reminds us of how intermingled our faith is with our memories. The music of life is always around us but we are most aware of it at Christmastime.
Judy Morgan, elder