“My soul glorifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
His mercy extends to those who fear him” ~ Luke 1:46-50
I love Christmas music. We have found a station on Sirius/XM that starts up the Christmas on November 1, and my family and I tune in to listen to the fist couple of songs. Everybody has a favorite, but it’s the one time of year that we don’t do too much arguing over what to listen to in the car.
Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” is the granddaddy of them all. Recorded way back in 1942, it stood for decades as the greatest selling single of all time, until Elton John took over that title in the late ’90’s. I would love to have been a fly on the wall during the recording of that song, to see the magic unfold. But by all accounts, nobody realized it was going to be a hit. It was just another song on the recording session.
As amazing as it would have been to hear Crosby in action, I can’t begin to imagine being a fly on the wall when Mary sang her song above. In contrast to “White Christmas”, I’m pretty sure there was nothing normal about that night in Judea when Mary sang her song. She had just been visited by an angel who told her she was going to give birth to the Messiah, the Son of God. When she visited her cousin Elizabeth to tell her the news, Elizabeth’s unborn son literally leapt in the womb with joy.
What Mary’s voice must have sounded like as she sang. The beauty, the anticipation, the excitement, and yes, the sheer joy she must have felt as she sang of the marvelous things God had foretold through the angel. And unlike Bing Crosby, she seemed to know very well the significance of that moment. “From now on all generations will call me blessed.”
What a gift God has given us in song. The ability to wrap up the emotion of the moment in a way that mere words never could. This Christmas, as you listen to songs on the radio or sing them yourself, remember that they all point back to that first song Mary sang all those years ago. They are all filled that same sense of joy and wonder.
And just like God did marvelous things through Mary, remember that his son Jesus is still doing marvelous things in the world today. He wants to use you to help him do those things. Pray and ask God that he would reveal to you what he wants to accomplish through your life. It may not be ‘White Christmas”, but it will be something equally amazing and uniquely you.