It’s coming on towards Christmas, and one of the traditions I’ve always loved is listening to Handel’s Messiah.
Beautiful music. Meaningful music, drawn from the oldest Book of them all. And a feeling of being swept into glory.
My family would often go together to listen to it sometime before Christmas. My parents found this local organisation who performed it, and every year they had a new T-shirt you could buy. My dad was a collector of tshirts of all kinds, and these ones often had the word ‘Messiah’ in gold or silver, and he loved them. He bought one every year.
I still make an effort to go to a performance when i can (although oddly enough in Scotland it tends to play after Christmas, not before), but yesterday I sat and listened to the whole thing at home. It swept me away, and I decided to really focus on the words, and read the passages from the Bible as they were sung, and before I knew it I was sketchnoting the whole thing.
Maybe not the whole thing – not every word – but these are the core messages, in order as I listened to the Messiah. May they bring you joy as they did me.
The video I watched it shared here, too.