Music at Christmas

This season I have been privileged to make music on a number of occasions in different places.  Firstly our orchestra put on a Carol Concert in a beautiful church in our city.  Did we really think about what we were playing?  Be near me Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay close by me for ever and love me, I prayer.

Then there was the Carol Service in the hospital, augumented by the wonderful sounds of the Salvation Army Band.  Patients were wheeled down from the wards to swell the sound.  Visitors  passing through the atrium heard the sound.  Did we really think about what we were singing?  Joy to the world, the Lord has come, let earth receive her King.

Then there was the chance to sing round the hospital wards.   The sick and the lonely would have heard the sound Silent night, Holy night.  But did we really think about what we were singing?    We played at the local psychiatric hospital, did we listen?

Looking forward to Christmas morning, I will be in the hospital Carol Service.  Hark the glad sound, the Saviour comes.  Will we really listen then?

Carol, the musician