This Christmas Eve, as is our custom, our family went from door to door in our neighborhood, singing Christmas Carols. We moved to a new home last year, so I especially savored the surprise of our new neighbors when they opened their front doors just as we burst into song. It is a time of broad smiles. In fact, whenever I hear the sound of Christmas Carols it stirs up wonderful memories of my childhood on the South Side of Chicago, when all the kids on my block would go from house to house singing Carols to our neighbors.
It hasn't been all that long since I was a little boy, but it appears to me that the times have changed, so that I rarely see or hear Christmas Carolers going door to door anymore. One thing has not changed, however, the words of these songs still carry the most powerful message of good news that has ever been told. That good news is that God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, Jesus, to save us from our sins and give us eternal life.
Let me encourage you to sing the Carols of Christmas with your family this season. Most of us are familiar with the tunes of these songs, having heard them all our lives at Christmas time, so let the music touch your heart, and listen carefully to the words of all the verses. Sometimes you have to keep going to the third or fourth verse to discover the message of the song; it's always worth the wait, because the message is good news -- the best news you could hear this Christmas!