Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Light Shines in the Darkness

I was getting a haircut the other day and, as usual, they had a very secular local country radio station playing on their sound system. I walked in and then stood there practically with my mouth open as the popular local DJ read this poem:

'Twas the month before Christmas when all through our land,
Not a Christian was praying nor taking a stand.
Why the PC Police had taken away,
The reason for Christmas - no one could say.

The children were told by their schools not to sing,
About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.
It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would say
December 25th is just a "Holiday".

Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit
Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!
CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-pod
Something was changing, something quite odd!

Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa
In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.
As Targets are hanging their trees upside down
At Lowe's the word Christmas was no where to be found.

At K-Mart and Staples and Penny's and Sears
You won't hear the word Christmas; it won't touch your ears.
Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-is-ty
Are words that were used to intimidate me.

Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen
On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton!
At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter
To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.

And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith
Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace
The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded
The reason for the season stopped before it started.

So as you celebrate "Winter Break" under your "DreamTree"
Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.
Choose your words carefully, choose what you say
Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS, not Happy Holiday!

Author Unknown

And then, in this extremely liberal city, on a station that usually has songs with less-than-stellar lyrics, he played O Holy Night.

Wow. What an incredible moment. It encouraged me to hear someone outside of the "church bubble" proclaim the meaning of Christmas. It also reminded me that God sometimes uses unexpected avenues to shine His light on a darkened world.

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.
(Isaiah 9:2)

This may be my favorite version of this beautiful song. Pause for a few moments and reflect with me on that night divine!


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Cathy Davis said...

Thank you thank you thank you!!! Wow!

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

My favorite line is the one with Wolf Blitzer in it.

Debbie said...

Oh how I love the voice and words David Phelps sang! I also notice more people are openly saying Merry Christmas this year. I'm so glad to hear that. I never stopped saying it.

Lisa writes... said...

Merry Christmas, friend!

Mel said...

That is an awesome poem...and great song choice!!!

Merry Christmas!!!

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

I always just assume that if David Phelps is singing, it's going to be stellar! Thanks for sharing...

Merry Christmas!


sara said...

wow! How cool was that? Loved the poem and of course the music!!!

Jules from "The Roost" said...

That is awesome! :)

A Stone Gatherer said...

So convicting! True and I am so glad that no matter what society says "HE came to dwell among us!" BTW tomorrow when I get together with my family pray for courage and boldness to set asside a time for devotions around Christmas. For years my sister and I have been slightly intimidatetd by our older brothers and sisters who are not living for Christ! This year we plan to speak out with a Christ centered devotion!

"His gospel is Peace"

shopannies said...

This is a hometown boy singing this song. They grew up singing and going to church. There are a set of brothers and yes they are all a blessing as this song is