Christmas Music of the Heart

by Diana Laskaris, Stephen Ministry Leader

Everyone knows I’m a terrible singer. I do my best to sing softly or even lip synch when surrounded by others who might have to hear my croaking. I have many blessings in my life, but a lovely, or even tolerable, singing voice is not among them. Even so, I love Christmas songs. When driving by myself or in a place where no one can hear me, I’m happy to belt them out. No matter how others complain I’m happy they are on the radio well before Thanksgiving. 
The thing about Christmas songs that I love so much is that they transport us into a festive world filled with family, friends and fun. The weather outside can be “frightful” but “the fire is so delightful.” And who doesn’t want to go “over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house?” 
Our own world at Christmastime can be somewhat less wonderful. We may be separated from our loved ones, having a recent departure from death, deployment or divorce. Maybe we have financial woes brought into focus with the constant refrain of sale, sale, sale knowing we can’t afford the urge to splurge. Sometimes health concerns intervene or we find ourselves lonely or just overwhelmed by the burdens of modern life.
We can feel isolated, sad, unmotivated or even angry when everyone else seems to be living the dream of the Christmastime but we are not. One way to approach these feelings is two-fold. Find a way to help others less fortunate than you and switch from secular Christmas songs to spiritually-focused Christmas carols. They help you remember the reason we really celebrate this time of year. And it isn’t for the Door Busters at Best Buy. 
Christmas carols speak to the truth of our Christian faith. We sing about the silent night, holy night and the little town of Bethlehem. We recall that the little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head in a manger and that the three kings brought gold, frankincense and myrrh to honor the savior. We know that someone with no gift to bring can offer their talent and get a smile from Jesus And that it’s even okay to wonder as we wander about the whole mystery of the savior’s birth. 
Stephen Ministers are trained in helping you discover the best in you, providing an opportunity for you to explore your unique qualities and the blessings that sometimes are overwhelmed by tinsel and clanging gongs this time of year. Whether you would like someone to share your challenges of the season or perhaps you have a calling to help others in this way, we want you to let us know. Christmas is the time for us to enjoy the beauty of our faith. 
I may not sing Christmas music out loud very well, but Stephen Ministry is the Christmas music of my heart that I would love to share with you.