Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.
Isaiah 12:6 NIV
Sing for Joy
For thousands of years, Canada has been inhabited by indigenous peoples from a variety of different cultures and of several major linguistic groupings. Each of the Indigenous communities had (and have) their own unique musical traditions. Early indigenous musicians made gourds and animal horns into rattles which were elaborately carved and painted. In woodland areas, they made horns of birchbark along with drumsticks of carved antlers and wood. Drums were generally made of carved wood and animal hides.
This wonderful season of the year is filled with music. We all have favourite Christmas songs—some Christian and others secular. There is no more syncretized season than this one. And none that are as musical. This isn’t surprising since the reason for the season is the greatest reason for joy in the history of the world. The importance of the birth of Jesus cannot be overstated. It is obvious – we still mark all of history by those years before His arrival and since. After millennia of promises, God had finally stepped into His creation. The result was joy, overwhelming joy. The Hebrew prophet looked forward to this day and wrote in Isaiah 12:6: “Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.” The day that Jesus was born, the Holy One of Israel was among them. In the story of that first Christmas, we see joy everywhere – the angels of heaven rejoiced, the shepherds rejoiced. No wonder we still sing songs of joy at this time of the year. We still shout aloud and sing for joy. Take time today to sing your favourite Christmas songs and sing them with great joy.
These have been words from the heart.