Come and Join In!
Recently a group from our church went caroling at a rehabilitation center. Two residents made an impression on me.
One, a cheerful lady of 90, came out of her room to join in singing every song. We learned she had been a church musician. She even stood in front of us and moved her arm in rhythm to direct us! Wilma was happy to see us and talkative.
As our group moved down the hall, another resident, a middle-aged man, rolled his wheel chair in the midst of us. I thought he would head down the hall to his room, but he stopped and turned around to listen. His face was stern, his eyes sad.
We asked if would join in the singing, but he shook his head.
He didn’t move away, but remained in the hall with us.
Soon his lips formed the words of a familiar carol.
“I thought you weren’t going to sing,” my husband asked.
“It was too hard to not do it.”
As much as he tried, he couldn’t resist it. His eyes grew a little brighter. The power of Christmas drew him in.
Many carols use the word of invitation “come.”
- ‘O Come, O Come Emmanuel’ is a prayer asking the Lord to come to earth.
- ‘O Come all Ye Faithful’ calls believers to come adore Christ the Lord.
- ‘Joy to the World’ tells of the Lord’s coming and for hearts to receive Him.
Are you going to join in the spirit of Christmas like Wilma, or are you resisting like the man in the hallway?
The gift of Christmas comes for everyone. All you have to do is come to Him.
“O come, let Us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.”