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The Christmas We Deserve
December 26, 2007, 4:00 pm
Filed under: Personal

Thing is, I’m a Grinch when it comes to Christmas. At times the demand that everyone be at his or her best, no matter what storms lurked beneath made this a lonly time. Later, as a student of theology, examinations took place just after new years. So after a few days of holymaking, reading and some stress. Still later as a pastor, the stress of not botching the sermon.

I love the Christmas message though. Stength in the guise of a babe. Purposeness in the wandering of the wise. Peace within times of trouble. Grace where none should be found.

This year I found grace where I didn’t expect any, hope where I thought none was to be.  I find the Magnificat of Bach nourishing, the Messiah by Händel, Poulenc’s Gloria and odd pieces of Mozart, Brahms and others absolutely so.

Once in awhile I stuble accross something that really hits it for me, like Greg Palmers video, on top of this blog. His words resonate in my belief in a miracle of God, of life, of us, that we have it in us to change the most hopeless into something of great beauty – sometimes inspite of ourselves:

 
I Believe In Father Christmas
Lyrics by Emerson, Lake and Palmer
 
They said there’ll be snow at christmas
They said there’ll be peace on earth
But instead it just kept on raining
A veil of tears for the virgin’s birth
 
I remember one christmas morning
A winters light and a distant choir
And the peal of a bell and that christmas tree smell
And their eyes full of tinsel and fire
 
They sold me a dream of christmas
They sold me a silent night
And they told me a fairy story
’till I believed in the israelite
 
And I believed in father christmas
And I looked at the sky with excited eyes
’till I woke with a yawn in the first light of dawn
And I saw him and through his disguise
 
I wish you a hopeful christmas
I wish you a brave new year
All anguish pain and sadness
Leave your heart and let your road be clear
 
They said there’ll be snow at christmas
They said there’ll be peace on earth
Hallelujah noel be it heaven or hell
The christmas you get you deserve 

 

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