DAY 30: “It’s Christmas Time”

“Grace is God meeting us at our point of need by sending Jesus. Whose need can we meet by being like Jesus this Christmas?”

The other day Sean and I were going through our song catalog when we ran across two of our songs we had completely forgotten about. It was Christmas 1988. Sean was living in Miami, and I had moved back to Omaha from Los Angeles. (I remind our kids that this was before cell phones or any electronic devices.)  We had met in the spring at a recording studio singing jingles. We dated May through the first week of August and then Sean had to go back to Miami. We communicated through letters, (which we still have by the way), and once a week phone calls as we could afford them. This was when cassette tapes were king, so as musicians we also wrote songs back and forth to each other as well. That year, I wrote a Christmas song for Sean in the Key of E flat (a piano key), recorded it, and sent it to him. What I didn’t know was that, at the same time, Sean had also written me a Christmas song which he recorded and sent to me! It had the same title and was even in the same key! When he came back to Omaha for Christmas, we played our songs for each other and found that they fit perfectly together! When we sang them, I started at the piano and then handed it off to him (without interruption) and he finished by singing his song. We debuted it for my family on Christmas Eve and he proposed later in the evening! Here are the words to Sean’s Christmas song.

“Christmas Time”

Have you heard the carols on the radio? Have you felt a snowflake on your nose?

I can see the holly and the mistletoe, waiting for two lovers to get close.

Christmas is a time where people join as one, sharing all the joy that they can give.

And the Christmas love that I can give someone, comes back to me in every day I live.

Christmas time is here, and now that you are near, we can share the magic of the season.

Forever we will be, together you and me, underneath the mistletoe, at Christmas.

Have you heard the carols on the radio? Have you told somebody that you care?

Christmas is a time for you to show someone, what it means to love and to be there.

Christmas time is here, and now that you are near, we can share the magic of the season.

Forever we will be, together you and me. underneath the mistletoe, with the one who loves me so, never wanting to let go, at Christmas. Christmas Time!

Christmas is a time that can have mixed emotions for people. It can be the most wonderful time of the year, and it can be the least wonderful as well. With the normal day-to-day stresses of life, adding all the Christmas hustle and bustle to it can get overwhelming at times. God gave us the ultimate gift of love at Christmas in the form of a baby, wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. That gift, of course, is Jesus! Because God loved us so much, He gave, and we are to take the love that came down at Christmas and share it with others! That is the true magic of the season! We love because He first loved us. We give because He gave first! This could mean anything from lending your ear over a cup of coffee, to helping someone buy gifts for their kids. It could be taking a plate of cookies over to your neighbor, or shoveling your neighbor’s sidewalk when it snows.  How about paying for the persons food behind you in the drive-through or the grocery store?  Is there someone you know that may be alone this Christmas? Invite them over for Christmas Eve. Random acts of love and kindness are demonstrations of Jesus.

John 1:14: “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Grace is God meeting us at our point of need by sending Jesus. Whose need can we meet by being like Jesus this Christmas?

John 14:6: “ Jesus said, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’” Jesus is the way….to the Father, He is the truth about God, and the very life of God. He reveals truth to us and gives us life!

This Christmas, let’s ask the Father who He would have us minister to. Whether it be an encouraging word, a gesture, or a random act of kindness, may the love we show to others be a melody of hope, joy, and peace in their hearts. May they see the true Jesus, the hope of Glory through us and may they know that God is with them always!

Shalom,

Mama Swan