Since I had two posts about Christmas music, I felt I needed to close it out with a third and final one. I have two songs this time! This first song finishes the loose narrative my last two posts kinda-sorta-connected together on: 1) Israel(and us) craves for Emmanuel to come, 2) Emmanuel did come, and 3) because of this, everything has changed.
In Like A Lion(Always Winter) is also by Relient K and is about Narnia’s ill weather. I think that it was supposed to be on the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe movie soundtrack. If it wasn’t then I really think it should have been…
Personally, I love winter. I love the colder weather. I enjoy the rain(for the most part) or snow when visiting the mountains. I enjoy Pumpkin Spice Lattes. I really enjoy bundling up and reading a book by the fire or window during the rain. But, like most things, usually near the end of it am ready for winter to end and spring to show through. Narnia(prior to Lucy Pevensie stumbling through the wardrobe) has been suffering a one hundred year long winter but never Christmas. Some of the animals living in Narnia did not know what spring or a Christmas was. It was a foreign concept to them. Something wasn’t right. Note that winter is not bad or evil. Winter is just one part of the cycle that comes then goes and is just as important as summer, but something had abused winter’s purpose.
And then Aslan returns and sets the world right. The green grass returns, the leaves begin to grow, Narnia is returning to as it should be. As it was intended to be.
That is what Jesus’ mission was, to facilitate the restoration of His creation. Throughout His life we were shown what this meant. What truly living as God’s creation looks like. Christmas is such an important event because of what happened afterwards. If nothing happened after Christmas, if nothing changed, or if Aslan returned but the witch and her winter continued, there is no reason to celebrate. With Jesus’ death we were allowed passage back to connect with God, this was the answer to Israel’s cries of O Come O Come Emmanuel.
I’m sorry if you’re tired of Relient K(not sorry), but they wrote a really good Christmas album. This last song is entitled Merry Christmas, Here’s To Many More. I’m not going to write too much about this one, I think the lyrics and pretty straight forward.
This last year hasn’t been the easiest for me. A lot of changes, some ups, more downs, even more plateaus, and a whole lot of lets-just-get-through-this-Kevin. When I sing I made it through the year and I did not even collapse, gotta say ‘Thank God for that’, I really mean it. So here I am at Christmas, I made it! Every year I think we all look back and think if we handled that we can handle anything, but it really sticks with you after a rough one. I know I could not have gotten through this year without God shining through such great friends or family in my life(if you’re reading this then you probably fall under one of these). He has provided me safe thoughts when I was alone, brilliant friends to hangout with, and a family to take care of me. And He has promised me that He won’t leave.
So, from me to you, Merry Christmas and here’s to many more.