One of the highlights of the Christmas season is music. We love the music of Christmas. We love to sing along to our favorites on the radio. Music and Christmas are synonymous.
But, there are times when our hearts may be so heavy that we can’t sing. You may want to sing but your heart is heavy and you can’t. You may find yourself just humming along because you are too burdened to sing.
In Psalm 137, the people of Israel were in Babylon…away from their home-land. Their captors told them to sing one of their songs. But the people said, “Beside the rivers of Babylon, we sat and wept as we thought of Jerusalem. We put away our harps,
hanging them on the branches of poplar trees. For our captors demanded a song from us.
Our tormentors insisted on a joyful hymn: “Sing us one of those songs of Jerusalem!”
But notice how the people responded, “But how can we sing the songs of the Lord while in a pagan land?” The people had lost their joy in a pagan land and could not sing.
Have you ever felt that way? Lots of people do at Christmas. While the song says, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year…”. For many, it’s one of, if not the most difficult time of the year. Someone has lost a loved one…for them Christmas can be tough. Someone is going through a divorce…for them, Christmas can be tough. Someone is alone…for them Christmas is tough.
So, you may feel like the people of Israel….you may ask, “How can I sing the Lord’s song in a pagan land? How can I sing at Christmas?
Maybe you simply can’t. Don’t beat yourself up. Pain is real. The Lord knows our hearts. Ask the Lord for strength this Christmas season.
If you know someone who is hurting, reach out to them. There are lots of people whose hearts are heavy during this season. Reach out to them.
In Christmas we celebrate God coming to earth in the form of a baby. He is God with us. God has us in this world to minister like Jesus did. Ask the Lord to use you to lift someone’s burden this Christmas.