It’s that time of year again when department stores, radio stations, and churches seem to wear out the same twenty Christmas songs. Thankfully, musicians keep coming up with new renditions and variations of the Christmas classics so we’re not completely sick of hearing them by the time Christmas actually rolls around.
Every few years though, someone will release a song that reminds us what Christmas is truly supposed to be about. Yes, it doesn’t take long for these to become overplayed too; however, no matter how many times I hear these songs they still make me stop and think. They also make the tears well up in my eyes.
The Christmas Shoes by NewSong
It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays looking for that perfect gift for those on your Christmas list. I’m sure that even the hardest of hearts would have done the same thing as the man in this video if they were in his shoes, but what about the unseen thousands who will suffer through this Christmas without presents, food, joy, or even hope? Who will help the poor and hurting?
37Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?39Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. – Matthew 25:37-40, KJV
Happy Birthday Jesus by Portland Christian Center
There’s just something about children praising God that touches my soul. One child’s voice ringing out in praise leading to a chorus of children joining in the refrain and culminating in a crescendo from the full choir. Perhaps it takes viewing the world through the innocence and purity of their eyes to remind us what this time of year is supposed to be all about.
2And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, 3And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 4Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. – Matthew 18:2-5, KJV
Where’s the Line to See Jesus? by Becky Kelly
“If this is His birthday, why don’t we see Him more?” I often wonder whether the world sees through us the tidings of great joy the angels proclaimed at His birth. Do they see it in us, in me, year round? Am I like the man who found the treasure buried in a field, or am I the one who hides my light under a bushel?
14Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. – Matthew 5:14-16, KJV
What Christmas Songs Make You Think or Cry?
I just noticed as I put this post together that all of these have a message being delivered through a child’s point of view. It’s one that still believes in the best, still hopes, still finds amazement in the smallest of things. It hasn’t been jaded, or rationalized, or marginalized the way we seem to do as we grow older.
Maybe this is the message that I need to hear and be reminded of on an annual basis. Perhaps, this is why these songs touch me so? What about you? What Christmas songs make you stop and think about the true meaning of the season? Are there ones that touch your heart and bring tears to your eyes?