It is amazing how Christmas sneaks up on you, right?
This Christmas is a little strange for me. My wife and I are outside our of home country and the normal signs of "Christmas" are not visible... things like snow and short dark days. Instead, where we live is raining, green, and bursting with new life. Although there is so much new life around us, I can't help but notice all the pain and loss.
A few friends in my community have lost loved ones, St. Marks Coptic Cathedral in Cairo was bombed this past Sunday killing 25+, and these things just seem so inconvenient.
Pain, death, and missing loved one's during the holiday season is so difficult.
It's Christmas right??
The Advent and Christmas seasons are so wonderful. But the message of the coming of Christ the Lord can feel strange when we are surrounded by so much sadness and pain. Why do all things in our world and in our personal lives happen now??? Why not later??
We live in a world that has been given the greatest gift ever to be given- Christ the Messiah. We also live in a world that constantly rejects the gift.. somedays it's hard to even think that Christ did come. Shouldn't things be different?
I didn't know how to process everything going on, and I didn't want to just make a social media post. This morning, as I was doing my Advent reading, I read Isaiah 9- Where the prophet Isaiah foresees the coming of Christ. "The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light". I am a person who walked in darkness, and I am a person who has seen this "light" that Isaiah speaks of, but I often don't live as someone who knows Christ. I am much better at rejecting this gift, in the way I speak and treat others, of God rather than allowing it to take root in my life.
I hope this song, in the midst of all the inconveniences and heart ache you are facing, can help you to see this surprise, the gift, the light, the pleasant disruption that Christ brought to our world and pause. The breathe in the gift.
To us Christ comes.
To us Christ given.
What should we do with such a gift?
Let us welcome the Prince of Peace.
the light it shone, I can't un-see it.
us dark dead bones, in a land of shadows.
us warring nations, do we believe in?
Prince of Peace.
our hearts graced, lifted from oppressors.
the greatest gift to ever be given,
but we keep on living constantly rejecting
to us Christ comes
to us Christ given
released December 13, 2016
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