Even more powerful than seeing Handel's Messiah performed live is our new all-time favorite video clip.
If you're not one of the 18 million people who have already watched it (or, more likely, the 6 million who have watched it over and over ...), the five minutes that you spend watching it may be the most inspiring of the whole season.
Perhaps like me, you didn't realize that Handel had retired from composing before he wrote the Messiah. He felt his career was over. He had nothing left to give. But when Dublin commissioned him to write the Messiah, the Spirit of God took over, giving him the gift of music so breathtaking that we are still listening 279 years later. Handel had a special concern for orphans, for those on the streets of his city who needed to know what Jesus had accomplished for them. I think that's what grabs me each time I watch this video. The message of the Messiah is not meant merely to echo within the walls of cathedrals. Handel would have wanted it to echo up every street and down every alley ... or, uh food court. Real life meets really good news.