‘Tis the season. I’ve been saying that a lot lately to colleagues, friends, and family members. While I wish it meant the smell of pine trees, the glistening lights, and a piping hot peppermint mocha, what it actually means is the utter chaos I feel surrounded by as the holiday season wraps itself pretty tightly around us all.

As a church musician, it is especially easy to become a grinch during the Advent and Christmas seasons. You are always stretched too thin trying to provide musical events and opportunities to please everyone, but this is an impossible task. You inevitably become the scapegoat when a favorite hymn or piece of music is overlooked, or a tradition is altered to accommodate something new. Not to mention the stress of feeling you’re neglecting your own family as you devote long hours to the job (and don’t forget the constant wondering of when you’re going to buy, let alone wrap those presents!!).

But as I’ve practiced and listened to this season’s Christmas selections, I’ve yet again taken great comfort in the last verse of “In the Bleak Midwinter:”

What can I give Him, Poor as I am?

If I were a Shepherd I would bring a lamb;

If I were a Wise Man I would do my part,

Yet what I can I give Him, Give my heart.

This season can often have moments that feel difficult, but I guarantee the staff here at RCB, regardless of the details we might miss, are doing our part and giving our hearts to the glory of God. May we all grant each other grace through this exceptionally busy season, and may hope, peace, and love guide you to the joyous miracle of Christ’s birth.