With all the events on Friday I didn’t tell you how our community band’s Christmas concert went. The concert opened with a few pieces played by a local hand-bell choir. Their soft gentle melodies soothed our souls in a way few things could. Though I have to say during “Greensleeves” it was pretty hard not to let the tears slide down my checks. As our conductor said at the end of their selections; “I think they’ve taken us to the peaceful place we need to be.”
When it was our turn to play we sat up on that high school stage and looked out into that large audience, filled with families complete with grandparents and little children. We could still feel our hearts hurting but we were also filled with resolve to salvage something of this magical time of the year. And so we played. Yes there were a few bumps, and some bad moments where we lost our concentration as well as the melody, but there were also joyous moments and fun filled moments and laughs and smiles and rousing applause.
Santa came to visit us and conducted a few of the pieces. We always enjoy him and are especially honored to have his attention at this busy time of the year. The children in the audience could hardly wait to visit with him after the concert.
In the end what felt almost inappropriate as we were driving to the venue turned out to be just right. In the midst of overwhelming sadness we created a little bubble of joy and for a couple of hours we were reminded to enjoy our families, to share some holiday spirit, to appreciate our community, and especially to enjoy the moment because, as we all know, the moment is all we have.
Let each of your moments be filled with love, music and warmth.