Practices started this week to get ready for our church's annual Christmas concert. I love singing in the choir and Christmas music is just a bonus. This year we aren't doing any pieces from Handel's Messiah and I'm a little bit disappointed. I appreciate the challenge it presents year after year no matter how many times I've sung it. (I am a rather average alto and miles away from anything professional or trained.) The text always speaks so beautifully to me of the beauty and majesty of the season. The power of the music and the simplicity and repetition of the words allows me to really meditate on the miracle our Savior has presented to us.

Some of my favorite verses from Isaiah 52, where much of the text is taken from:
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.


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