Wednesday, December 21, 2005

And Love Would Never End

One of the things I enjoy most about the Christmas season is the music. For me the three primary ingredients of a Christmas mood are festive lights (sight), baking cookies (smell) and music (hearing). (This assumes, of course, a football game in the background). Angela and the girls get a little tired of my routine because I listen to the same music over and over again. I have three favorites: Harry Connick Jr.’s When My Heart Finds Christmas, the Vince Guaraldi Trio’s A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Amy Grant’s Home for Christmas. That’s right, these are even better than anything I might listen to by U-2 at this time of year.

Angela and I have a strong fondness for Amy Grant because her music helped shape our faith at crucial times in our lives. For me, it was the mid-80’s when I had just graduated from college, was a new Christian, and her albums Age to Age and Straight Ahead became staples of my drive-time listening. Later, Unguarded and Lead Me On, with their faster tempo, became my favorite pop music, period. Yeah, I had a crush on Amy, of course, but her music truly ministered to me.

Angela’s experience was more profound (this is usually the case). Finding herself spiritually malnourished from a legalistic church upbringing and a rough college campus ministry experience, she was for all intents and purposes an “ex-Christian” when she was invited by a friend to take a car ride in which they listened to Amy Grant music the whole time. Angela wept at hearing of a God who actually loves us and whose tender mercies we are invited to embrace. This was a turning point for her spiritually.

All of which is to say that one of my favorite Christmas songs is Grant’s Grown-Up Christmas List, in which she sings about what the birth of Christ intends to bring about in this often harsh and cruel world.

I’m not a child, but my heart still can dream. So here’s my lifelong wish, my grown-up christmas list. Not for myself, but for a world in need.

No more lives torn apart,
That wars would never start
And time would heal all hearts.
And everyone would have a friend,
And right would always win,
And love would never end.

This is my grown-up christmas list.It can be overwhelming to think about, but not if each of us realizes that we can be one tiny part of helping this come true. Merry Christmas.


Blogger Sarah Megan said...

I have a question for you. Where did you get that video that you used in church on Sunday morning? It was really powerful and my boss and I were just kinda thinking that it would be a good thing to listen to in the morning to start our days. So, if you could let me know where you got that would be great!


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