There are hundreds of songs I could have chosen to be *THE* Christmas Song for this season. I think this is one of the most touching, hope-filled songs of the season. Though any number of artists could have recorded this, only Alan Jackson makes it what it is. God has certainly given this man a unique and incredible voice. Today, on the day many Christians celebrate as the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ, I pray that we find peace, love, and music throughout the day.
I wish you and yours a VERY Merry Christmas!
I pray that if you are reading this, you will take at least a moment to think and reflect on what it took and what it means for the God of Christ to have brought down a child who would change the world like no other ever would. Being a believer is not about "bible-thumping" or "hypocrisy." It's not about ramming religion down other people's throats. It's about finding a higher power, someone to lean on and to thank. It's about trusting that everything we are able to do and everything we are not able to (on our own) can be provided to us. It's about accepting God's only child as the redeeming savior that bridges the gap humans made (and still make) between themselves and their creator. Not trying to ram anything down anyone's throat, but I think some people have totally distorted what "Christmas" is truly about.
It is not about pagan traditions and religious holidays all getting mixed together for some commercial gain. Yes, that's what's happened as a side effect, granted. But, we celebrate Christmas for what it means to Christians: Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ. Period. Without the birth of Christ, there is no "Christ"-mas. There wouldnt even be an "X"-mas without the birth of Christ because we would have His name to "X" out in the first place! It is about Christ. It is about this child that was given to the world, an ultimate sacrifice placed here by the Lord God.
For me, one of the best things about Christ and the way the Lord works: Free Will. He lets us make the choice to accept what He has offered. I pray you find Christ one day, but if you choose not to, I pray that you (and I for that matter) will be open enough to love those who think differently without hating, without shouting, without killing.
On this one day of the year, let it be Christmas... Love, peace, hope, music, celebration.