Bing Crosby is on the radio; it must be Christmas! Actually, I have Pandora pulled up on my computer and it’s set to the Christmas classics channel. Bing is a regular!
My favorite secular Christmas music includes those old crooners like Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Perry Como, Johnny Mathis and, of course, Bing Crosby. Bing is definitely my favorite of the bunch. His voice is just so smooth. When he sings “White Christmas” it puts me in the mood for all things related to the season!
Somebody at church told me I was dating myself by mentioning all those guys. I wasn’t even born when those guys started singing Christmas carols (I’m only 49). They are my favorites, though, because they are so good even so long after they performed. Their talent spans generations which, in my book, makes them classics.
Listening to them, to me, is a spiritual experience. Their voices move me to peace and joy; “good tidings of great joy” as the angel said. Christmas is such a wonderful time because it reminds us that we are accepted and loved by God. The birth celebrated during this season brought us into the family of God.
All those Classic Carols, they only have meaning because of the birth of Jesus. It is Jesus who gives meaning to everything seen and heard during this time of year. Without Jesus, Christmas is robbed of its purpose. He came to bring peace between us and God and between us and each other.
When Bing or Dean or Sammy or Perry sing, God speaks to me. We all hear Him in different ways. When I hear them sing “Silent Night” or “The First Noel,” God seems closer to me because they remind me that Jesus left Heaven to be born in a stable so that we could be brought into the presence of God.
We can’t approach God on our own. Fortunately, He approached us. He knew we could never find Him or understand Him so He came to us. He was willing to meet us here, in a form we can comprehend, and communicate with us in a way that makes sense. That’s part of the brilliance of God, His ability and willingness to explain Himself in our language.
This Christmas, let God speak to you. Maybe it will be through Bing Crosby as he sings “Away in a Manger.” Maybe it will be through an angel set on top of a Christmas tree, or presents which remind you of the gift of God to us, or maybe even through Santa Claus who gave to the poor as Jesus commanded us to do. God will speak to you if you’ll open yourself up to hear Him.
The “good news of great joy” is the reason we celebrate Christmas. Let the symbols of the season remind you that God entered our world so that we could experience this joy for all of eternity with Him.
Rob Morton is minister of First Christian Church Middlesboro. Contact him at [email protected]