Sounds Of Christmas – December 12, 2016
Luke 1:44, As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.
Sounds affect people in different ways. While our responses may be partly due to past experiences, evidence also supports particular sounds trigger innate responses. Some pleasant sounds that evoke positive reactions are, gentle rain on a roof, soft snow falling, cats purring, and people laughing or cheering. However, people seem to naturally dislike the noises of, pounding hammers, chalk or fingernails scraping on blackboards, and people of any age screaming.
In Luke chapter one, when Mary meets Elizabeth, her unborn child leapt for joy. Luke 1:44 says, “As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.” This innate and positive response from an unborn child foreshadowed the joy that we feel at Christmastime. So this season, as you hear Christmas carols, bells ringing, children and people talking about the gifts they have given and received, don’t miss the fact that every one of those sounds reminds us of the child named Jesus which is greatest sound you will ever hear.
Cottonwood Creek and I wish you and your family a very merry Christmas!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D