Summary: Discovering a deeper meaning of Christmas through some popular melodies we hear played during the Christmas season.
What songs do you have stuck in your head this season? What Christmas songs do you find yourself humming each day? What is your favorite? Christmas seems to be a special time for music and song. In fact, for some people, the season doesn’t seem right until they hear those songs playing. Try to go shopping today without hearing Christmas songs being played over a store’s sound system. Retailers know that if they can get you and me in the Christmas spirit, we will probably spend more in the store. So they pipe in the music hoping to get our hearts tuned toward their version of Christmas. And if you are like me, you will be humming some of those familiar melodies months after Christmas is over.
We begin a new series of messages for the Christmas season. We are going to look at some favorite Christmas songs. I hope to use those songs to help us get in tune with Christmas. In fact, I hope that you and I leave with songs stuck in our heads. In them, I hope to rediscover a deeper meaning of Christmas.
Today, we start with a classic made famous by Bing Crosby.
PLAY I’M DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS.
It happened the week before the Christmas pageant at church. A young girl was playing in her room while wearing her brand new, white Christmas dress. Not having a lot of money, Mom and Dad had scraped up enough to buy their daughter the dress. The dress had a special purpose. The little girl was supposed to sing “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” as a solo as part of the upcoming Christmas program at church.
But the young girl was so proud of her brand new dress that Mom and Dad allowed her to wear that dress to sing in the school program that night. Now home, they gave clear instructions that she was to change into other clothes. But like most little girls, she could not bear the thought of removing that gorgeous dress immediately; at least not until she saw how the dress looked on her with her fingernails painted a nice bright, Christmas red.
If you know children and Murphy’s Law, you know what happened. The girl spilled some of that bright red nail polish on her brand new, white dress. And try as she might to clean it off, the stain only grew in shape and size. Each hidden session of cleaning attempts only made her guilt that much worse. There was not hiding her disobedience; there was no removing the stain. Her heart was broken. How would she sing White Christmas with a bright read stain in her dress? Why hadn’t she listened to her parents?
As we look at our passage today, I want you to think about that brand new white dress. Life can be like that brand new white dress now stained. We didn’t mean it to happen, but it did. Think about this phrase. Fill in the blank in your own life.
I never expected to be ____________. How would you fill in the blank?
An alcoholic or drug addict
Addicted to pornography
Angry all the time
Unloved by my children
Betraying someone with gossip