Christmas Eve, and the final installment in this Songs of the Season series.
I wasn't the only one to set up an annual holiday letter with a musical lead-in this year. GrandpaJ and GrandmaJoy sent an entire letter premised on the blessing of music in their lives in 2011. Their letter began with a story that involved their granddaughter.
Both grandparents volunteer regularly to visit inmates at a correctional facility. GrandpaJ has been matched with one fellow in particular for quite a few years now, developing a cautious but meaningful relationship over time. In early December, this man sang a solo at the annual prison Christmas banquet, a "hearty rendition" (according to GrandpaJ) of O Holy Night.
He dedicated it to his friend's granddaughter Joy, and asked everyone to pray for her.
A dining hall full of prisoners in Kansas, praying for my daughter!
How marvellously unexpected, topsy-turvy, upside-down.
And all in celebration of the topsy-turvy arrival of God-With-Us, a baby born in an out-building among the farm-animals, while a dazzling host of angels brings the astonishing news to ordinary shepherd-folk in the fields.
Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices!