Beast of Carols

By Jenny Gorman


And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.  Colossians 3:23 (NKJV)

I play the violin and so, growing up, Christmas for me always involved going to various concerts. Carol of the Bells, The Messiah—these were all my favorite tunes, but I never played them. Instead, I ended up performing songs like Rudolf over and over. I learned to love it out of self-defense, however, because once the concert ended, the music stuck in my head forever. I’d hear it everywhere—the car, work, at home. I even heard it in my sleep.

One year, the orchestra decided to perform the Feast of Carols by Randol Alan Bass. Or, as we called it, the Beast of Carols. This piece is full of difficult keys and tricky fingerings that had everyone involved cursing the day Bass wrote it. We worked harder on it than any other. Thankfully, our hard work paid off, and we turned that beast into a sweeping song worth having stuck in my head for a week.

Our lives can be difficult, but Christ is a conductor surpassing all others. The curtains will one day close on our lives, and if we follow Him, we will find the reward worth the effort.



Thank you, God, for doing all the hard work for us, so that we have the opportunity to be stuck in heaven with you.


WC: 245

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