Monday, December 7, 2009

The Song of the Righteous is a Prayer

One of my favorite Christmas memories was listening to the album "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" by Ray Conniff and the Ray Conniff Singers.  Random, I know.  It was a record (those large black discs put on a turntable)  Because we played it every year, there were scratches at certain parts, and even now when I listen to it as a downloaded MP3, I miss those "bumps" in the songs.  My memory fills them in at the right places however! My mother can't believe what an important part of Christmas this was to her children.  She claims she needed some Christmas music and just grabbed it because it was cheap and seemed decent. It is now ingrained into our collective Christmas memories.  I especially love the song "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep."  It really touches me to this day.
       "And when we're worried and cannot sleep, we'll count our blessings instead sheep, and we'll fall asleep counting our blessings.  And when our bankroll is getting small, we'll think about the time when we had none at all, and we'll go to sleep counting our blessings.  We'll think about a Christmas eve and picture curly heads, with presents waiting 'neath the tree as they slumber in their beds. And if we're worried and we can't sleep, we'll count our blessings instead of sleep, and we'll fall asleep counting our blessings!"
I love this! It reminds me to remember what is truly important, and that the love of children is what makes the magic of Christmas.  We truly are so blessed.  As I sit in my warm house, I think of all of the ways we are blessed to make the love in our home possible. 
Matt 16:20-21
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal.  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
This is my inspiration this Christmas.

1 comment:

  1. Isn't it funny how the random songs your parents listen to shape your life? I'm the same way with Christmas songs. I love the Count your Blessings song -- makes me think of White Christmas.