The Christmas music has already begun on television and radio airwaves. In fact, some of us started hearing holiday music just barely after Halloween. If you’re like me, you turned off holiday sounds because you prefer to celebrate one holiday at a time.
But now you can make those airwaves work for you. When you hear a Christmas carol, pay attention to the words. And just snatch a phrase or two for your prayer during this morning’s commute or chores around the house. For instance, maybe you’re hearing an instrumental version of “Away in the Manger,” a song usually relegated in our minds to the category of children’s songs. But here’s the final verse, or at least my memory of it:
Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask you to stay
close by me forever and love me, I pray.
Bless all the dear children in thy tender care
and fit us for heaven to live with thee there.
That’s a pretty good prayer, if you ask me. Why not make it your prayer this morning?