I love Christmas, and Christmas has inspired some of the most wonderful music
and art over the past thousand years. Here is a good example.|
It's not the literal meaning of the words of "Mary did you Know" that inspires me, it's the spiritual/emotional concept of God being born perfectly new again every year. (Other religions have annual renewal moments too.) And I'm touched by such ideas surrounding the relationship between a mother and child in any context.
How should a mother treat a child? How should a father be? Christians should treat others as they would treat Jesus. That's pretty clear in the Bible. So shouldn't every baby be treated as though he were the baby Jesus?
What about those who aren't Christian? Isn't each child a new potential? A dawn? The start of an unforeseen adventure in which the mother is a supporting character and not the hero?
Even atheists see the moment of shining perfection in a birth.
The better we handle the trust given us by a child, the better people we are, and the better the child's young life, adulthood and old age will be. We're not just dealing with little children. We're dealing with the whole of life itself, which will outlast us all. We are dealing with joy and with eternity.
See Ren Allen's response, in those days, below.
Now, a few years later, it's easy to embed a video. Merry Christmas again! (sorry about the intro- and end-noise, but the vocals are good)
One of the songs on Clay Aiken's Christmas album (in 2004) was new to me. It's fairly
new to the world in general (early 90's, written by Buddy Greene and Mark
Lowry ). I looked up a couple of other renditions, but I didn't like them
better. Lyrics lose power without the context of their tunes, but poetically
speaking, there are some big moments here:
Mary did you know
By Ren Allen (Ren) on Monday, December 20, 2004 - 11:30 pm:
"The better we handle the trust given us by a child, the better people we are, and the better the child's young life, adulthood and old age will be. We're not just dealing with little children. We're dealing with the whole of life itself, which will outlast us all. We are dealing with joy and with eternity. "
That is one of the most profound things I've read. I love the thought of every parent looking at their child through this lens:
"Did you know
How perfect. If parents would just stop and see potential Einsteins, Mozarts and Picasso's in their little child, how much better would this world be? And one step further, to see that potential and treat them with that respect and adoration, yet be perfectly happy with the child's unique life choices whether they lead to greatness or not.
Disclaimer: I was raised Baptist and am not religious as an adult. Nothing about me or my beliefs
keeps this from being a really great song. Be sweet to your children.