Just Four Notes

December 2, 2013
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Luke 2:11 – For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. (KJV)

"Can you believe it!" was my immediate response as I reached for the volume control on the car radio. Release and joy started to flood my being as I drove through the streets of Greenville, South Carolina, USA, on this early fall morning. The world had been too much with me as of late, and it seemed as though I had been crawling through a maze of mind-rubble for months, the kind of rubble that is left behind when all of a sudden I had to change medical coverage, being presented with brochures, new legal terms, and deadlines. But as I drove home on a clear October morning, this all changed, because …

I heard a child reciting something over the radio; it seemed that he had been quoting Scripture, so I turned up the volume just in time to hear the musical notes that followed his speech. Just four notes — just four notes chimed, and immediately, I knew the words that the four notes represented: "O come, let us …". The joyful reminder of Jesus' birth so blessed me with one thought, "Christmas has come early this year; I've heard the first carol." Oh, sure, I had seen the commercial side of Christmas in the city stores before Halloween; that did not phase the spirit within. Rather, I speak of that stirring which draws our spirit to the heart of Christmas — love for our Lord and His birth.

Others have felt it. How do I know? The signs are evident all around me — signs like neighbours stringing Christmas lights early; postings on Facebook that boast pictures of the manger scene, taking attention from Halloween; and last but not least, the sight of my niece carrying her tiny, pink singing machine into my bedroom as I lay falling asleep. With microphone gripped in hand, she sang out in her best cotton-soft tones, "I wish you a Merry Christmas!"

Believe it! Christmas has come early this year, making for merry hearts all around us. This festival of adoration has started and it came with just four notes: "O come let us". "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." (Luke 2:11 KJV) O come, let us adore Him!

Prayer: Holy Father, thank You for sending Your reminders early this year — reminders that point to the adoration of Your Son Who came as a Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes under a sky lit up with the heavenly host. We adore Him, and we adore You for this blessed gift of grace. Thank You, thank You, thank You! Amen.

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Sandra Kay Taylor <marthaclone31@aol.com>
Westminster, South Carolina, USA

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.

    Lovely message. Thank you Sandra.

    They just keep getting better! Loved it!!!

    A good word Sandra. And by the way, I’m a fellow South Carolinian not far from you and probably listen to that same station.

    “We wish you a Merry Christmas”. I enjoyed your words.

    Me too, amen.

    Thanks for your devotional — a blessing!
    (ON Canada)

    Sandra Kay – And, thank you for this uplifting devotional. May you and yours have a very Merry Christmas!
    (California, USA)

    And Thank you, Sandra Kay. It has put a new emphasis on an old carol for me!

    Praise God for that which stirs our spirit up to the real meaning of Christmas.

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