Christmas Cantata

When I sang in my first School Christmas Program, my Mama was relieved that I chewed gum and didn't actually sing the loudly misunderstood words on the wrong notes.  After that she gave me years of piano lessons and was probably thrilled when I made it to Acapella Choir in High School.  But that was all long ago.  A really long time ago...

Back in Texas, I have worshipped with a Non-Denominational mixed ethnic group of passionate people for 15 or 20 years.   We don't worry much about pitch and sometimes we clap to three different beats. It would drive a music teacher crazy!  But we make a joyful noise to the Lord and sing to Him with all we have.

 So now, here I am in North Dakota, singing in the Christmas Cantata. I mean - reading music and everything! Glenda, the choir director has probably hoped I'd chew gum or maybe lip sync for this majestic performance with this beautifully harmonious Lutheran choir,

 I've stretched my brain trying to remember my music theory from years past.  I've counted the half notes, and the quarter notes, and the dotted notes while I tried my best to stay on the right notes.

 And I haven't for the life of me, found those high notes.  In fact, I'm not sure I'm a soprano at all - maybe not an alto either!

But the Christmas blessing for me is that the constant practicing has made me think about what the words mean as I have gone about the rhythm of my days.  The melodies stuck in my head speak the harmony of the whole nativity story.

 Infant Holy

Infant Lowly

 For His Bed a Cattle Stall

 Angels Singing

Noels Ringing

Tidings Bringing

 Christ the Babe is Lord of All

Christ the Babe is Lord of All

The cantata is over, but I'm not ready for the music to stop swirling in my head.  I want to keep hearing Gloria Jubilante Deo and My Soul, My Soul...Magnifies the Lord.

And maybe, just maybe - it doesn't matter one little quarter note whether I'm in the key of F or C,

or whether I B flat, or lip sync, or chew gum.
As long as
My Soul Magnifies the Lord!
I pray this Christmas Season finds you
with His Song
in your heart
an His light in your eyes.
Merry Christmas!
(many thanks to Angie from Georgia for snapping away with my camera
while I was making a joyful noise!)

1 comment:

  1. Oh my, my, my!!! What a wonderful post. Your photographer friend did a beautiful job. I thought about you yesterday. What wonderful memories. Sometimes we miss so much by not repeating the traditions. I miss the Christmas plays and Christmon trees and...
    Thanks for the memories!


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