Every Christmas, the Daughters of St. Paul Choir go on tour with a beautiful concert that is much more than just a musical experience. The photos can’t capture what it’s like to be sung to by this group of talented women dedicated to Christ and to communicating Christ.
It’s been ten years since I’ve been to one of their concerts, and, as always, I am profoundly touched by how the sisters’ singing becomes a channel or opening for the grace of Christ. You can feel the presence of God as the sisters sing.
I know these sisters personally and have lived in community with many of them. They are wonderful, talented women truly dedicated to their vocation to living and communicating Christ. They are also really normal, human, flawed women who struggle with the same things that you and I struggle with every day. The gift that they make of themselves in these concerts allows God to bless their goodness and littleness–their letting Him in–so that He can shine His light and love through them.
This year, I was also struck by how each song is a re-telling of the story of God’s love for humanity; of God taking on human flesh and becoming a baby for love of us. Of course, the choir chooses each song carefully for its meaning and beauty, but the songs and their styles are quite diverse–from traditional hymns such as “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “O Holy Night,” to an upbeat version of “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” to the “doo-wops” of “A Perfect Christmas Night.” Yet, each Christmas song is a unique re-telling of the story of God’s love for us.
The Nativity story has inspired the creativity of countless artists through the ages. This Advent and Christmas, while I enjoy the beauty of Christmas music and art that surrounds me, I’m going to deepen my joy by wearing my “writer’s hat” and observing how each Christmas expression–ornament, song, decorations, cards, and more–creatively tells a piece of the story of how God’s love touches the earth.