There are many ways to tell a story.
And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
Telling a Story
I write and I preach. These are popular ways to tell stories.
Actors also tell stories powerfully.
But maybe the most powerful way to tell a story is through music.
My friend, Richard, tells stories powerfully through his music. It was one of his earlier songs, Mary’s Question, that introduced me to Richard.
I had been playing his music for a couple of years on various radio shows that I hosted. Early on in the internet age, I was able to find his email address and reached out to him to ask him about his piece “Mary’s Question.” I didn’t know if Richard was a Christian, but I thought this piece might be about the question Mary asks the angel Gabriel,
“How will this be, since I am a virgin?” (Luke 1:34)
Richard wrote back and told me a little of the background of this piece of music. That began a friendship that is going on twenty years!
Richard also wrote an original arrangement of a hymn by another friend of mine for this series of devotions (which you can hear on the podcast).
Richard has released several Christmas albums and “Carol Bells” is on the release “Angels Shepherds Kings.” These are not arrangements of popular Christmas carols and hymns, but Richard’s own compositions inspired by the Christmas story.
Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem over two thousand years ago has inspired countless people to do countless things. Explore, write, compose, create.
But of all the things that the birth of Jesus has inspired, telling stories has to be the most powerful. Because the birth of Jesus inspires the telling of his own story.
Richard uses his song “Carol Bells” – performed on a piano – to create a tapestry of the story of Jesus. No words. No familiar carols or hymns. Just Richard playing from his heart.
Inspired By Love
He is inspired by the love of God for him. And he responds to that love by doing what he loves – composing and performing music.
In Richard’s music, one is led to ask the story behind it. And like my inquiry, you will also hear the story of Jesus.
God uses many different things to tell his story of love and redemption. He uses trees, rivers, the wind, the sun, the moon and stars.
But he also uses music. From the clear tone of a bell, to the call of the human voice, to the instruments of an orchestra, God can tell his story of love to a world longing to hear this sweet, sweet music.
At Christmastime especially, the Carol Bells call us back to the story of Jesus and his love for us.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of music. I also thank you that you use music to tell your story of love and redemption. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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