Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, December, 2014

posted Dec 1, 2014, 1:47 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Dec 1, 2014, 1:47 PM ]

The Music of Christmas

I’ve always liked Christmas music. If pressed to make a list of my 10 favorite Songs of the Season, I’d find it extremely difficult to do and certainly it would be just about next to impossible to come up with an all-time favorite. I suspect if I tried that for a week, I’d probably come up with a different song each day. So I think that this year on the week following Thanksgiving, I will start listing a favorite Christmas song for each day. Very likely among the songs I would include on that list would be “Christmas Shoes.” That’s not a song that I grew up singing. As a child I liked, “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “Joy to the World,” “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” etc., along with some of the secular tunes like “Frosty the Snowman.” But a lot of newer songs have come along over the years that I have taken an immediate liking to, such as “Christmas Shoes.”

 It’s about a man in a store line standing behind a little boy who wants to buy a pair of shoes for his mother. According to the song lyrics,

The little boy “Counted pennies for what seemed like years; Then the cashier said, “Son, there’s not enough here" He searched his pockets frantically; Then he turned and he looked at me. He said Mama made Christmas good at our

house though most years she just did without. Tell me Sir, what am I going to do, somehow I’ve got to buy her these Christmas shoes. So I laid the money down, I just had to help him out. I’ll never forget the look on his face when he said Mama's gonna look so great. Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my Mama, please its Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size. Could you hurry, sir, Daddy says there’s not much time. You see she’s been sick for quite a while and I know these shoes would make her smile and I want her to look beautiful if Mama meets Jesus tonight. I knew I’d caught a glimpse of heavens love as he thanked me and ran out. I knew that God had sent that little boy to remind me just what Christmas is all about.”

Although the origin of The Christmas Shoes” is early 21st century, its message is as old as the Christmas story itself. It is about the bond between humanity and God in heaven and about the faith and actions of a little child. This current day Christmas carol, even though it focuses on events transpiring in a modern age, is really showcasing the birth of Christ in a manger and the familiar message found in our Gospel records.

 “Christmas Shoes” was written by Leonard Ahlstrom along with Eddie Carlswell of the musical group Newsong, who recorded and released this song in time for the twenty-first century’s first Christmas season. It became an immediate hit which within three weeks hit number one on Billboards Adult Contemporary chart and soon topped Christian charts, and was added to country and R&B playlists. Although a 21" century song, it will likely be one of the most remembered of all time. Merry Christmas.

George Weaver, Pastor of Maturing Ministries