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Songs of Christmas - December 25, 2006

by Judy Poole

O sing to the Lord a new song… Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth, break forth into joyous song and sing praises.      
Psalm 98:1, 4

You can look at Christmas prayers, songs, and meaning differently according to your life experiences. You can sing Christmas praises to the Lord for His great mercies in a routine way or with spirit. You can make Christmas morning a time of faith or a time of haste.

After working with dementia and Alzheimer’s patients at the McCoy Adult Day Care Center, I was given a new perspective on faith, mercy, and praise. These diseases have stolen the memory of our clients. But they still have the songs of their faith in their hearts and praise for God’s bountiful mercies are still on their lips.

It is such a blessing to see the clients light up when asked to quote their favorite scripture or to sing their familiar hymns. Whereas I may struggle to remember all the words of a hymn, they sing out strong every word and every verse. 

We may pause slightly from our busy lives during Advent to anticipate the coming of our Lord. However, these older adults, the foundation of our churches and the bridges that brought us to today, look for Him anxiously everyday. They have learned to sing a new song of praise. Their faith transcends their disease.

Our clients may not remember what they did this morning. They may not be able to distinguish Christmas Day from another day. They may not even recognize their spouse or children, but they have not forgotten their Lord. And praise God, through this mission ministry of The United Methodist Church, these saints can know that the Lord has not forgotten them either.

Prayer:  Gracious God, as we celebrate the coming of Jesus this Christmas Day, may our faith be strengthened by the example and wisdom of our older members. Lord, slow us down to examine our faith, sing praises for your mercies and to reach out to our older adults. In Jesus name, AMEN.

Deaconess Judy Poole serves as Executive Director of the United Methodist Center for Senior Citizens in Birmingham, AL.


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Date posted: Dec 24, 2006