Sing it louder, sing it clearer
Knowing everyone will hear you,
Make some noise, find your voice tonight
Sing it stronger, sing together
Make this moment last forever
Old and young
Shouting love tonight
hear a thousand voices shouting love
It is my fourth year celebrating Christmas as a Church-going Christian and each year the secularised, commercial, consumerist celebration has grown to frustrate me more and more. People coming together to share a special meal (as we do each Sunday morning) is a good thing, and giving each other gifts is good as well. But when people are swapping gift vouchers and fancy boxes of chocolates and soap with people they don’t know very well but doing it anyway because it’s tradition and drinking more and eating more and putting up tonnes of decorations and electric flashing lights – this is not what Christmas is supposed to be about.
We need to be donating more money to charity and spending more time ourselves doing what Christ would do, what Jesus did, going out amongst the people that need us and feeding them and healing them and sharing our love with them. Help out at a homeless shelter? Donate presents to orphans? Adults: take in an orphan? Take in a homeless brother/sister? We need to be connecting more with those that aren’t related to us, talking to people that aren’t in our usual social group. Singing together and sharing love.
We should remember that as the wise men gave Christ a present we need to be giving the poor in the “stable” a gift, and sharing life with them. And when we give presents to each other we need to remember that we do so because God is in us, and with us, and when we give a gift we acknowledge that Christ lives on, and are celebrating the gifts of life.
Christ was born in a stable for the lowliest of us and for the wisest of kings. Christ’s birth should be celebrated with joy and with the reminder to share in love and be humble souls. Don’t forget the heart of this celebration.
We are called to “sing it louder, sing it clearer”, shout love to thousands and have thousands shouting love back. Old and young, black and white, gay and straight and everyone in between, today and always together singing of love. Not just for the last week of December, but always.
With a church packed with 480 people this afternoon for the beautiful Christingle (photos from the Vicar here) I’m happy that so many in a community can come together every year to share in joy and remember in love.