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Guest Post: Family Singing at Christmas by Betty Mason Arthurs

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Guest Post: Family Singing at Christmas by Betty Mason Arthurs

Thank you to Betty Mason Arthurs for this caroling story.

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Family Singing at Christmas

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Betty Mason Arthurs

Memories of my family and our love of music and singing together, now that my parents and one brother are gone, help to overcome my sorrow of missing them at Christmastime and bring me joy. I share a memory from Christmas Eve long ago.

My family stomped their boots on the porch of the old, two-story nursing home. Soft-colored lights and garland adorned the porch railing and reflected off the powdery snow in the early evening. Through the front windows I caught a glimpse of red and green crepe paper streamers draped over the staircase railing and the small Christmas tree in the foyer. It was Christmas Eve.

Giggling with excitement, I pushed open the heavy oak door. “Come on. The nurses are expecting us.” I urged my family forward and shut out the frigid air in Albion…

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From the Creator’s Heart #114

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From the Creator’s Heart #114

I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me (Psalm 13:6 NIV).

From the Creator’s Heart #111

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From the Creator’s Heart #111

. . . The oracle of David, son of Jesse, the oracle of the man exalted by the Most High, the man anointed by the God of Jacob, Israel’s singer of songs: The Spirit of the Lord spoke through me; his word was on my tongue (2 Samuel 23: 1-2 NIV).

From the Creator’s Heart #96: Z is for Zephaniah

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From the Creator’s Heart #96: Z is for Zephaniah

Sing, O Daughter of Zion; shout aloud, O Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, O Daughter of Jerusalem (Zephaniah 3:14 NIV)!

From the Creator’s Heart #89

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From the Creator’s Heart #89

Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts (Psalm 105: 1-2, NIV)

From the Creator’s Heart # 84

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From the Creator’s Heart # 84

Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs (Psalm 100: 2 NIV).

From the Creator’s Heart #82

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From the Creator’s Heart #82

You who ride on white donkeys,
sitting on your saddle blankets,
and you who walk along the road,
consider the voice of the singers at the watering places.
They recite the righteous acts of the Lord,
the righteous acts of his warriors in Israel.

Then the people of the Lord
went down to the city gates.
“Wake up, wake up, Deborah!
Wake up, wake up, break out in song!
Arise, O Barak!
Take captive your captives, O son of Abinoam” (Judges 5: 10-12).