‘White Christmas,’ the title track from the 1953 film by the same name, communicates such a simple sentiment. In fact, short of the carols that have to do with the nativity story more directly, this Christmas song may just be my favorite for its exceedingly short list of wants, plainly spoken, contentedly stated.
To my way of thinking, if we would sing ‘White Christmas,’ we are saying that we have everything else we need. The only thing left is a fresh blanket of snow.
Yes, I know what you will say. In the year of our Lord, 2022, Christmas has now both come and gone. What am I doing bringing it up again? But that is alright. There is always the next one to prepare for, in a manner of speaking. And Christmas should not be put behind us so soon after the particular day for it has passed on our calendars.
Actually, to tell you the truth, the fact of Christmas being more behind us than before us has me feeling pensive. I find that a certain question arises now as much or more as it did before.
How else might we have a white Christmas besides dreaming, hoping, and praying for snow? Not everyone gets snow for Christmas, you know.
“Come now, let us reason together, says Yahweh: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”
So writes Isaiah early on in the Old Testament book that bears his name, speaking as he does the word of the Lord to God’s people, Israel. The fulfillment of this is found in Jesus Christ, whose birth we celebrate this time of the year.
On this podcast, Christmas or no, we talk and think of current events. And what is in the news? What is happening in the wider world? Again and again, wherever we look, the problem of man’s sin and what to do about it confronts us.
For many, this is a hard time of the year on a personal and interpersonal level. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, they are stressed rather than at peace. And this is in no small part because of unresolved conflict between them and their friends or family they once held dear. Now there is a rift. Someone sinned against someone else, but it was never resolved. Forgiveness was either not asked for, or forgiveness was not received when it was asked for.
The thought occurs to me that with inflation dissuading so many this year to buy gifts at all, or to spend as much as they normally would on presents for others, or getting together for big celebratory meals, perhaps the most precious gift we could either give or receive would be peace with God and one another, and our sins being made white as snow, whether or not it’s Christmastime.
If we would share this gift, and have that peace, we must look to the Prince of Peace. Only in the God who took on flesh is meaningful reconciliation possible. To give or receive it is too high for man alone, but he can have it with God’s help.
This Episode’s Links:
- ‘That Situation Has Gotten Far Worse In The Last Few Years’: Most College Students Self-Censor, Fear Disagreeing With Professor – Brandon Drey, The Daily Wire
- ‘Life expectancy in the US declined by 5% last year, lowest level since 1996’ – Harris Rigby, Not the Bee
- Former Broncos Running Back Ronnie Hillman Dies At 31
- NFL Legend Franco Harris’ Final Interview Shows Steelers Star Smiling With No Signs Of Trouble – The Daily Wire
- “Body positivity” activist dies of heart failure at 37 years old – Harris Rigby, Not the Bee
- Arizona Governor Doug Ducey Will Take Down Shipping Container ‘Border Wall’ One Week After Biden Lawsuit – Ben Zeisloft, The Daily Wire
- Senate Passes Monster Spending Package With Backing From 18 Republicans – Tim Pearce, The Daily Wire
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