Surely God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid, for the LORD GOD is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation. With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. And you will say in that day:
Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known his deeds among the nations; proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing praises to the Lord, for He has done gloriously; let this be known in all the earth. Shout aloud and sing for joy, O royal Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel. Isaiah 12:2-6
Reflection by Matthew Alexander
This passage was thought to be written by an anonymous prophet known as “second Isaiah.” The prophet was living in exile during the rule of Babylon and Israel’s exile there. The Israelites were struggling with their faith and had become hopeless about their situation. In order to help those struggling with exile and feelings of hopelessness, he encouraged them to go back and sing the old songs. He asked them to sing the songs that reminded them of God’s presence with them and God’s deliverance from their struggle.
Likewise, we sing the familiar carols this Christmas season not because it is what we are supposed to do (ok maybe a little) but because they remind us that we have been delivered. They remind us that God is with us in the midst of our struggle. The songs show the path of peace and hope even in the darkest of days. Sometimes when we are struggling deeply a prayer can work but there is nothing like an old familiar tune to pull us from the depths into hope again. How have the carols of Christmas brought you joy, hope, and peace this season?
As you sing and listen to the Christmas carols this season may they give you hope. May they remind you that you are not alone. For Christ, Emmanuel, Our Deliverer, has come to bring us new life.
Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace, Our Deliverer, Our Mighty Musician, May we find hope in Your gift of music to instill in us new life even when all seems lost. Amen.