Hello Journey Friends and Family,
In 1963 Edward Pola and George Wyle wrote the classic Christmas song, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” and I couldn’t agree more. I love this time of year. I love Christmas. I love everything about it. I love the colors, the smells, the excitement, the joyful spirit of being with those we love, and the heart of generosity to give to others.
However, some things that come with Christmas can make life a bit more stressful this time of year, with the faster pace, and the louder noise.
As if Christmas wasn’t loud enough, when I was ten years old, my parents gave me a drum set. Do you know who loves hearing the drums play from an amateur? The drummer and only the drummer. I can only imagine the torture I gave my family as a novice ten-year-old drummer with no care in the world and what he sounded like. Maybe that’s what your world feels like in this season? A ten-year-old version of me attempting to play rock music on the drum set.
In this season, everything seems to be going faster (except traffic) and ringing louder. Which begs the question for us, how can we bend our ears and hearts to hear God in a season with so much clutter between our ears?
That’s the question we will address this Sunday as we kick off our brand-new series called Christmas Soundtracks. Author and speaker Jon Acuff wrote a book titled, Soundtracks. In it, he describes a soundtrack as the thoughts we play over and over in our minds. In contrast, broken soundtracks are the negative playlists we allow to play over and over in our minds. For example, a broken soundtrack may be, “Mondays are the worst.” If we let that song play in our minds, that means 52 days a year are deemed horrible before we even get out of bed. But what if we changed the soundtrack on Mondays to play Psalm 118:24, “This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.”? From changing one song on our playlist, we just went from having 52 days a year we don’t look forward to, to 52 days a year we are excited about. That’s the power Paul was talking about in 2 Corinthians 10:5, when he said, “take every thought captive”.
Each message in this series will be based on a classic Christmas song. This weekend the message will be based on the song from Bing Crosby’s 1963 hit, “Do You Hear What I Hear?”. We will unpack how we can practically hear God speak to us in a world full of noise. If you have ever wondered how you can hear God more clearly in your life, I encourage you not to miss this weekend’s message. Nothing gives us more spiritual confidence than hearing God give us clarity in our daily lives.
This Christmas season, we invite you to join us each Sunday at both campuses or online as we explore various Christmas songs and how we can pull out a biblical truth in each one.
- Week 1, December 5th: “Do You Hear What I Hear?”
- Week 2, December 12th: “Blue Christmas”
- Week 3, December 19th: “Oh Holy Night”
This Christmas season, Journey staff and volunteers have been working hard to put together some great opportunities to serve you, the community, and your friends and family. I encourage you to take advantage of these great opportunities to experience some fun-filled nights that will bless you this Christmas season.