The music of Christmas is filling the air, and multiplied church programs honor Christ's birth. I witnessed a most touching presentation involving a deaf choir "singing" with others. "Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices, O night divine, O night when Christ was born...." They could not hear one thing, let alone angel voices, but their faces were radiant and joyous and they had heard the Savior's voice with that inner ear of the understanding. Later on, of course, their ears will be perfectly attuned to the wondrous sounds of heaven.

Others have no physical hearing defect, but "their ears are dull of hearing...lest at any time they should...hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted" (Matthew 13:15). They, too, "celebrate" a holiday by partying, hardly realizing what the occasion is, ears dulled, minds fogged.

Still others would hear, but "how shall they hear without a preacher?" And "how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard?" (See Romans 10:14)

You who are concerned and support this [radio] program are causing many dull ears to hear the gospel of the grace of God which Christ brought to us through His birth, His death, and His resurrection. You are enabling the "preacher" to speak so that others can hear the Word of God taught and can believe.

We have heard the joyful sound that Jesus saves. "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners" (1 Timothy 1:15). He was born a Savior! "If any man have ears to hear, let him hear" (Mark 4:23).

—From a 1984 Christmas letter by Dr. J. Vernon McGee