Christmas at Sonlight - by Katie Krabel
Dec 14, 2015
Christmas is in full swing at Sonlight, with all of the joy, fun, and craziness it brings. The Academy and the SonCenter are decorated inside and out, students have been busy making crafts and Christmas cards for sponsors, gifts have been collected and hidden away until the day of the Christmas party, and preparations are well under way for the annual Christmas program- one of the biggest events of the year.
All of our students, from Preschool to High School, come dressed to the nines. The senior class presents a drama, and between scenes, the individual classes perform their songs. It’s an exciting chance for the students to perform for their families, as well as a great opportunity to share the story of the Gospel.
As music teacher at Sonlight, I get the privilege and joy of working with many of our classes to prepare the music for the program. We’ve been rehearsing for almost two months now, and they are sounding great! Their enthusiasm and our shared love of music make working with them so much fun, and I love everything from choosing the songs, to helping them learn the words and motions, and even providing instrumental accompaniment.
But my absolute favorite part of it all, in the practices and the performance, is hearing the words being sung by the voices of our kids. Listening to them pour their hearts out while they sing words like:
“Peace on earth and death defeated,
Mercy triumphs, grace abounds,
Through this Child we find forgiveness,
Our salvation here and now”
“This is the time to stop the noise,
Lay down your burdens, lift your voice,
And praise the Son, the Holy One, who rescued us
It's Christmas, let the world rejoice!”
“Endless hope, and relentless joy started with a Baby Boy”
In the craziness of these last days before Christmas break begins, it is easy to be distracted by the decorations, the gifts to be given, cookies to make, lessons plans, final rehearsals, and the dozens of other things that need to be done. But in the middle of it all, the voices of our students and the words they sing remind me of the reason we do all these things.
We give gifts to remember the Wise Men who brought their treasures to lay at the feet of a baby who would save us all. We sing just as the angels did, praising and giving glory to the God who loved us so much that he sent his own Son to come to live among us, so that we could be redeemed. We celebrate together to remember this incredible gift we have been given, and to remember the good news that brings great joy for all people.
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