This past weekend I was able to enjoy one of the Christmas concerts, Gloria!, by our LOPC Festival Choir under the direction of Brett Strader. It was, in a word, beautiful. Beyond the powerful ethos of the season, the music itself was wondrous. I was impressed, in the moment and after, how this experience lifted and encouraged my spirit. It was elevating.
I was reminded of some words offered by the Apostle Paul in Philippians 4: “Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Paul knew that in a world with so much discord, ugliness and distraction, we should take care regarding what we take in.
So much of the time we are focused on things that are selected for us by others, particularly when it comes to the media. Why not take some time this Advent season to actively seek out things that are worthy of praise? This is not to deny the ugliness in the world around us, but rather to draw strength and encouragement from what is right, good and beautiful. How true it is that we tend to grow towards the things to which we pay attention.
Grace and peace,