Sister Winter, by Sufjan Stevens

I wanted to share what is currently one of my favorite Christmas songs…painting a realistic picture of darkness and despair mixed with hope & joy. This paradox not only surrounds the actual Christmas story with the joy of Christ’s birth in the midst of dark, disgusting & human surroundings (i.e. afterbirth, animals, manager, etc.)…but the paradox of celebrating the joy of Christmas in the midst of relational turmoil (i.e. family, friends, etc.), our own human nature (sin, flesh, etc.), and the bent world we live in (chaos, turmoil, etc.).

The question isn’t whether or not such chaos will exist…but the question rests on how we will ultimately respond and if we can rest our hearts at the end of the day with joy & confidence in The Gift of Christmas.

You can download Sufjan’s song HERE.

NOTE: My favorite Christmas song is John Denver‘s 1975 song Aspenglow (in case you were just dieing to know)…but that has a whole other sermon tied to it.

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~ by Dave Smith on December 27, 2007.

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