” How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
who bring good tidings,
who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
‘Your God reigns!’ ” ~ Isaiah 52:7
I have a confession to make: I’ve never been a huge fan of the song “Go Tell It on the Mountain”. We in Third Day talked about doing it for Christmas Offerings, but I shot the idea down. The song has more of a gospel feel to it and doesn’t share the mystery and awe that a lot of Christmas carols have.
If I’m honest with myself, the reason I don’t love that song is because my church always sang it on that first Sunday after Christmas. As we sang it, I was probably bummed that Christmas was basically over and dreading the fact that school was around the corner.
There is something a little sad about the end of the Christmas season. Taking down Christmas lights, dragging once-proud Christmas trees out to the curb. And yes, school is about to start back.
But it’s not really the end. It’s the beginning. It’s time to look ahead to a new year filled with possibility. As we do so, we need to remember everything about Advent – the hope, love, joy, and peace Jesus has brought into this world – and let that inform our lives moving into next year.
Most of all, though, we need to tell others about him. Always be prepared to give a reason for the hope we have, this season and every season. We need to go tell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is born.
OK, maybe I like that song after all.
Merry Christmas, and may God bless you and your family in the New Year!