Our final Skagit Valley Chorale Christmas concert is finished. The last concert of the season is always bittersweet. We work so hard to perfect the music, and in two short days, it’s all over. I am very grateful, though, to be part of a group that not only loves to sing, but loves to give of themselves to entertain, to lift people’s spirits and to communicate messages of hope and love. They give of their time and their talents, I think, for the pure joy of seeing the appreciation of the audience. As we walked into the audience and sang the last three songs with them, I could feel the unity. The joy in their smiles was worth all the months of practice. As we sang Peace, Peace on Earth—just for a few moments, and maybe only in that place—it was true: there is peace on earth.
“Now is the time for joy. Now is the time for love. Now let us all sing together of peace, peace, peace on earth.”