5 Christmas Classics for a messed up world

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Things are kind of…messed up in our world. Have you noticed?

And while I am determined to feel all the Peace, Love, Hope, and Joy that Christmas brings, I’m equally determined to keep praying for what is broken.

I don’t want to turn a blind eye to the very world Jesus comes to save.

And so, in that spirit, here are 5 classic Christmas songs to keep us mindful of both– A world of hurt, and Emmanuel, God with us. Enjoy!

#1. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

If you’ve never seen the movie “Meet Me in St Louis,” make it a priority! It’s one of my favorite Christmas movies. Pay attention to the words Judy Garland sings here. We’ve “sweetened” the lyrics a bit over the years, but I prefer the original.

#2. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

I’ve heard maybe a dozen remakes of this song this year, but John and Yoko do it the best. There’s an original, “official” video for this song available on Youtube, but its graphic depictions of war make it too tragic for me to share. This is another, “lighter” version, with the original song.

#3. Grown Up Christmas List

One of my all time favorite songs. I love Amy Grant’s voice, and the words echo my own grown up list.

#4. Silent Night / 7 O’Clock News

‘This song seems best to underscore the reality of our world. Even though the authentic newscast is from 46 years ago, it is still the same world crying out, and the same savior bringing “heavenly peace”.

#5. Some Children See Him

If there’s one link you click, be sure and watch this one. Although Andy Williams also sang this beautifully, I just love James Taylor’s take here. And on this one, particularly, watch the video put together by a Youtube user. It is a fantastic vision of Christ through the eyes of the world, and it truly brings me feelings of hope and peace.

There are lots of other Christmas songs out there that address both the problems of the world and the joy of a savior. This year, these are the one I’m carrying in my heart.  Please add your own in the comments.

May Christmas be not an escape from the woes of our world…

But an answer to them.

Have a Very Merry Christmas,

Mitch

 

5 Christmas Classic Tunes for a Messed Up World

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Things are kind of…messed up in our world. Have you noticed?

And while I am determined to feel all the Peace, Love, Hope, and Joy that Christmas brings, I’m equally determined to keep praying for what is broken.

I don’t want to turn a blind eye to the very world Jesus comes to save.

And so, in that spirit, here are 5 classic Christmas songs to keep us mindful of both– A world of hurt, and Emmanuel, God with us. Enjoy!

#1. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

If you’ve never seen the movie “Meet Me in St Louis,” make it a priority! It’s one of my favorite Christmas movies. Pay attention to the words Judy Garland sings here. We’ve “sweetened” the lyrics a bit over the years, but I prefer the original.

#2. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

I’ve heard maybe a dozen remakes of this song this year, but John and Yoko do it the best. There’s an original, “official” video for this song available on Youtube, but its graphic depictions of war make it too tragic for me to share. This is another, “lighter” version, with the original song.

#3. Grown Up Christmas List

One of my all time favorite songs. I love Amy Grant’s voice, and the words echo my own grown up list.

#4. Silent Night / 7 O’Clock News

‘This song seems best to underscore the reality of our world. Even though the authentic newscast is from 46 years ago, it is still the same world crying out, and the same savior bringing “heavenly peace”.

#5. Some Children See Him

If there’s one link you click, be sure and watch this one. Although Andy Williams also sang this beautifully, I just love James Taylor’s take here. And on this one, particularly, watch the video put together by a Youtube user. It is a fantastic vision of Christ through the eyes of the world, and it truly brings me feelings of hope and peace.

There are lots of other Christmas songs out there that address both the problems of the world and the joy of a savior. This year, these are the one I’m carrying in my heart.  Please add your own in the comments.

May Christmas be not an escape from the woes of our world…

But an answer to them.

Have a Very Merry Christmas,

Mitch

The REAL War on Christmas

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The REAL War on Christmas

is not “Happy Holidays”

or Best Buy.

It’s not Muslims, or Jews, or Atheists, or Lazy Believers.

It’s not the end of Christendom, or Democrats in office.

It’s not the Tea Party, or the Office Party,

or Santa, or Hollywood, or Amazon.com.

The REAL War on Christmas

is the war that happens ON Jesus’ birthday,

which might have occurred on December 25th,

or perhaps TODAY.

It’s every war being fought right now.

with real toy soldiers,

and real toy guns,

It must break God’s heart.

Doesn’t it break yours?

Well then…

Pray for Peace this Christmas.

It’s the perfect gift

for an innocent child…

and the savior of the world.

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Have a great week,

Mitch

A Very He-Man Christmas

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Why are we so obsessed with cute cuddly little baby Jesus?

Don’t get me wrong.  I love the little guy, asleep on the hay.

But what about grown up, powerful Jesus? Isn’t Christmas about him, too?

You know, Jesus who changed the world at the age of thirty.

Wielder of Truth.  Master of the Universe!

Speaking of…

Do you remember He-Man?

I was 13 in the 1983, the year that “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” debuted on TV.

I wasn’t particularly interested.

In part, it’s because I was getting too old for Saturday morning cartoons, but there was another reason:

He-Man was a big ole’ macho sword wielding barbarian, and I didn’t want to be part of a universe that had someone like that as its master.

But maybe I was wrong.

I mean, can you imagine Christmas if we sang “Oh Come Oh Come HE-MANuel?

Now there’s a laugh! But it would change the complexion of the season, to be sure.

Instead of candlelight, we’d aim spotlights in the night sky, cheering and stomping, waiting for him to appear.

Forget the cute and cuddly baby in the manger, we’d be ready for battle against the forces of evil.

And no more gentle “Silent Night” songs.  We’d be singing loud rock ballads with all the passion we could summon.

Christmas would be a loud and proud celebration of our hero: The man, the miracle, JC!!!

What do you think?

Okay, Jesus as He-Man might be a little too much testosterone.  A little too much “Defender of the Faith” and not enough “Prince Of Peace”.

But somewhere between the gentle baby and the action hero lies the Jesus I want to honor this Christmas.

The one who stood up for the hopeless and fought injustice and did it all not with a sword, but with a love stronger than any other force in the universe.

This year, on Christmas Eve, I hope to remember…

It’s not just a baby shower,

It’s the original hour of power.

Have a great week,

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