This weekend, I found myself singing along with every Christmas carol played over the speakers at every store I entered. People may have looked at me funny, but they were smiling instead of snarling. Those of you who know me, know that I love to sing. For a period of time, I directed the middle school choir and their Christmas presentations. I doubt they learned great musical theory while under my direction, but that was not my goal. I love to sing – I wanted to share one of my passions with my students and to help them experience that same joy I did. I wanted them to understand one key idea. Psalm 100 says to “make a joyful noise unto the Lord…Come into his presence with singing.” God does not care if we have perfect pitch or need a bucket to help carry a tune, He gave each of us our voice. He just wants us to use it in praise to Him. When we sing praises, our voices join in with the angels and the saints who have gone before us as they praise him in his presence. The shepherds were blessed to hear the angels share their song of praise, “Glory to God in the Highest” or as it is sung in the carol, “Gloria, in excelsis Deo.” When I sing this song, I am moved as I join with them in their chorus of praise to the Almighty God. This Christmas, lift up your voices and join the heavenly chorus to worship our Lord and Savior.