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The Scents and Sounds of Christmas…

12.17.17 | by Ray Jones

    The Scents and Sounds of Christmas…

    The Sacramento Bee recently carried an article by Vivian Williams on “How Holiday Music May Help Your Health.” The article stated, that “this time of year, the songs of the season are everywhere: at the mall, in elevators, on TV, and in the earbuds of many personal audio devices. But recent research has conflicting ideas about how this music affects people.

    Mayo Clinic experts say tuning in to music can be good for you. Dr. Jonathan Graff-Radford says research suggests listening to or singing music can provide emotional and behavioral benefits for people with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. Another study shows music may also help reduce pain.

    But other studies show the opposite result. According to a 2017 study conducted by British psychologist Linda Blair, listening to cheerful, jolly Christmas could harm a person's mental health. Blair said the continuous playing of Christmas music in the car or at stores reminds people of all the things they need to do before the holiday arrives. "You're simply spending all of your energy trying not to hear what you're hearing," Blair said.

    Meanwhile, a 2005 study showed an even different result. When Christmas music was combined with Christmas scents, it encouraged people to spend more time in a shop and subsequently boosted sales.”

    Looks like to me, you can pick whichever idea you want to believe about the sounds of the seasons. As for me, I love the music of the season, especially those songs that specifically point to Christ and His birth. In fact, I often have soft, instrumental, classical styled Christmas music that plays quietly in the background in my study during this season. I grew up in a home where my mother played Christmas albums (vinyl for our millennials). It helped set the tone for Christmas and Christ. It still does and that is why I am looking forward to our adult choir and orchestra Christmas concert today at 4:00 PM. I hope you will join us. And I pray that you’ll lay aside any anxieties the season may have laid upon you and, at least for a while, relax in the sounds and in the message of God’s great Christmas love.

    Red Sea Rules… that’s the title of our January Sunday evening book study. It is a fantastic little book that I recently took our staff through. I think you’ll discover its rich truths to help you navigate a new year with spiritual effectiveness. You can pick up a copy for the special rate of $5 in our Welcome Center.

    Remember the stones?... the ones we placed in the bottles on the day of our formal worship center dedication. Well, I haven’t forgotten that I told you they would form a special permanent display as a reminder of God’s greater glory plans for RBC. We are working with some specialists to design the right display of the stones… right now we are on target for our “Prove the Tithe” day on the first Sunday of February.

    Today I’ll share… another Christmas message about more people who were ALL In for God on that first Christmas. I am so glad you are here and remember that God is always trying to take you someplace new. I love being your Pastor!

    Merry Christmas,

    Bro. Ray