Sports Spectrum Magazine Summer 2021

Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional: Thursday, December 24

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” — Luke 2:11-12

The Songs of Christmas

Music is often used for motivation by athletes as they prepare for games and events. During pregame warmups, we often see athletes with headphones as they enjoy their favorite songs. As parents and mentors, though we know we enjoy music, we don’t always think about the teaching value of music.

During this holiday season, Christmas carols tell a long, loving and lasting story. In our mind, we travel to faraway places in ancient times when we listen to and sing Christmas songs. These carols are more than a tradition. Christmas music is one of the best ways to pass on truth to the next generation. The spiritual development of children is more important than anything they hold in their hands.

Music is a gift from God, but it is also a gift we give back to God as we marvel over the great things God did in the past and will do in the future. As we raise our children and grandchildren, it’s important to let them know about that precious Child born in the barn. “One generation commends Your works to another; they tell of Your mighty acts” (Psalm 145:4).

When children hear the heartwarming tunes and words of faith-based music, they often memorize the words in a few weeks. Then the virgin birth, the love of God and so many truths are engraved in their memory. Hymns take us to Bethlehem and let us know that God is real and that He demonstrates His love in wonderful and surprising ways.

During the Christmas season and at all times, we need inner joy to overcome the challenges of life, and we need to know that God will eventually straighten out everything. All of our fears are calmed and all of our hope is renewed in the Christ Child. “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:11-12).

As we think about this great event, will we join the angels this Christmas in singing about our dear Savior’s birth?

— Bill Kent, Pastor of Memorial Baptist Church, Sylvania, Ga.

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