The women of Delta Delta Delta spent time singing carols and socializing with the residents at my Dad’s place the other day. Afterwards, Dad walked them to the door to see them off and started to step aside as they gathered together for a final picture. The sorority sisters were having none of that and brought him into their midst. They posted this on their Facebook page:
At 93, it’s easy to tell which one is my dad. He’s the one not doing the sorority scrunch for the photograph. Dad told me all about the visit when we talked on the phone that night, and had a copy of the picture with him when I picked him up to go out for coffee a few days later.
Gray Hair, New Songs
There is something to be said about being young and about being old:
The glory of youths is their strength,
but the beauty of the aged is their gray hair.
The kingdom of God brings both together, and does it like the women of Tri-Delta did: with song.
Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!” (Revelation 5:13.)
When God provides the song, he invites you to sing along:
Praise the Lord from the earth, …
young men and women,
old men and children.
Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for his name alone is exalted;
his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.
(Psalm 148:7, 12-13.)
He does not discriminate by age, nor by whether the person is a woman or a man, when it comes to speaking out the gospel – the good news – of Jesus. All can join in.
In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy.
- When the old sing the song of the gospel, listen.
- When the young sing the song of gospel, listen.
- When women sing the song of the gospel, listen.
- When men sing the song of the gospel, listen.
- When children sing the song of the gospel, listen.
No matter who is singing the song of the gospel, don’t just listen. Sing along.
And just what is this gospel?
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.
Freedom from sin and death, and receiving eternal life with Jesus. This is good news worth singing about.
Join in the song.
In this season of Advent, here is a song of the gospel for us all to sing along with from Reawaken Hymns:
Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.
Born Thy people to deliver,
Born a child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever,
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.