Read Colossians 3:12-7

from Rev. Judith Bennett, Bridgeport, Ohio

It was 1971 and one of those songs that literally had people all over the world singing. “I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony…”, and I have a hunch that many who read this will instantly be singing or humming. Not a Christmas song, the lyrics were originally written as an advertisement for Coke, but within a year were revised to become a song that even small children were singing without advertisement. It included words that spoke of a world whose home was furnished with love, whose people were standing hand in hand singing songs of peace that echoed throughout the land. – Now here we are nearly 45 years later, basking in the glow of the dying embers of another Advent and Christmas. We’re all tired and worn out from the “things” we’ve done by sheer rote and habit, attempting to keep Christ in Christmas and the traditions alive. If truth were known, we’re glad that it’s over for another year. But does it have to be? Could its message go on?

My friends, as the New Year is now upon us, will you join hands with me as we clothe ourselves in the love of the newborn Christ and vow that whatever we do in word or deed in the days ahead, will be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Then maybe – just maybe – we can begin to teach the world to sing in the perfect harmony of Christmas.

God of all nations, as we join hands with others throughout the land, may our song of love and peace truly echo throughout the world and never go away.