A New Vision, A New Voice ~ The North Texas Conference
Christmas blessings from Bishop McKee
Remember the birth of our Savior in song and celebration.
Do you have the experience of hearing a song and then it plays over and over in your head? It is called an “earworm” or, in psychological terms, Involuntary Musical Imagery. At the beginning of December, I finally began to listen to Christmas music. More honestly, it was holiday music because it was devoid of my faith language about the birth of the Christ Child. There would be an occasional carol, but the song I heard most often on the radio and in my head was “You Need a Little Christmas.” I enjoy the Christmas season and the cultural celebrations, but each time I began to hear that particular song in my head, I began to say, “No, we truly need a savior.”
Drawn to that ancient story of a couple traveling to Bethlehem, and the mother giving birth to a baby and placing him in a manger, God continues to speak to us today. In the Letter to the Hebrews are found these words: “Long ago, God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son.”
As the Christmas season draws to a close, may we affirm by words and deeds the eternal truth that has given birth to all our celebrations — that a Savior was born in Bethlehem, and that Savior was and continues to be the hope of the world.
My prayer for you — in the midst of family gatherings, last-minute preparations and Christmas Eve candlelight worship services — is that the words of Hebrews 1 become your watchword: “He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word.” My hope is that you continually hear these words in the coming days.
May you have a blessed Christmas!