In recent days much has been made about the separation of church and state. Prayer is often discouraged in schools and the workplace, curriculums are scrubbed clean of faith-based answers to fact-based questions, and people often prefer religion to be practiced privately, not shared publicly. This point of view wins the day much of the time in many people’s lives . . . with one notable exception. At Christmas time, people still allow the Sacred to invade the secular — even INVITE IT onto the public stage in many ways. What do I mean?
Our culture still celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ every December through music. Places where God is not welcome 11 months of the year are often platforms of praise from Black Friday to Christmas Day. All up and down the FM dial all Advent season, we hear deep theology being sung by today’s top artists. Every trip to the store during the holidays plays out underneath the soundtrack of the Savior. Rather than focusing on the irony of this reality, let’s enjoy it . . . and use it as a prompt for worship and evangelism during this busy season.
As we listen to this Christmas music, however, I wonder if we really know what we are singing. After all, most of these songs are very familiar to us . . . we sing them every year . . . but do we really understand what they are talking about? To say it another way, when we look at “The Christmas Carols” do we know the hope of Christmas past, present, and future?
This 31 day devotional will take one Christmas song each day during the month of December and provide a reflection on how that song helps us understand more about Jesus and what it looks like for us to follow Him. These devotionals are accessible in a variety of ways:
- All 31 devotionals are accessible in electronic format. To download all 31 devotionals in pdf format, click here. To download all 31 devotionals in epub/ebook format, click here.
- Each December morning at 6:00 AM CST (beginning December 1), that day’s devotional will post to my blog – pastormarkrobinson.com You can always visit that location or check social media to see the latest post . . . or you can subscribe to my blog (at my blog site in the right hand column) to have the new posts forwarded to your email inbox as they post.
In addition to this, suggested versions of all 31 songs are available via Apple Music or Spotify via these links:
Pastor Mark Robinson