Longing for REAL Christmas Music

carols“Christmas Carol” I typed in the Google search engine.  What I came up with was a lists of so called carols which have little or nothing to do with the real meaning of Christmas.  They are only ditties about some elf in a red suit and a warm fuzzy feeling that is more commercial than real.

I’m so glad I grew up listening to Mrs. Morris signing “Oh Holy Night” on Christmas eve at St. Paul’s in Port Dover.  I am so thrilled I know every Christmas song in the church hymn book.  I am delighted, and honored I get to sing a few of them with a friend in church this week.

The next generations will know some joy of Christmas but they cannot ever understand, unless they happened to be brought up in church, the holiness and the tingle of the faith that rises in the hearts of believers when we hear those ancient songs.  They will not know the magic feeling of the anointing of God as it flows through the voices of worshipers.  Real carols are about worship not snowmen.

I miss the music of Christmas on the radio.  Every song is about Santa and snow but there is scarce a real “carol” in the bunch.

I get it.  I really do.  I don’t want to offend people either but when do we who are Christians get to be the ones who people aren’t offending?

(I’m entitled to one rant a season, right?)

Listen to this and see if you feel the moving of the Great Spirit. Turn it up and allow faith to wrap you in it’s warmth.


About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (www.riverofhopeenterprises.com), I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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