Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, December, 2017

posted Nov 29, 2017, 5:12 PM by Lois Kerchner

You Can Hear It Coming

 As I was thoroughly enjoying the luxury of a delightfully warm shower on one rather invigorating early fall morning not all that long ago, all of a sudden for some inexplicable reason (to me anyway), I found myself humming an old nursery rhyme/Christmas ditty. And then again the following morning I realized I was doing the same thing. This song that just kept running around through my mind starts out in this fashion: “Oh, Christmas is a comin,' and the geese are/goose is getting fat; please put a penny in the old man's hat.”

 Perhaps a more modern rendition might suggest putting money in one of those ubiquitous Salvation Army red kettles, or contributing online to some worthy cause during the Countywide “Extra Ordinary Give” event each year in November. I am reminded as well of a scene from Dickens' “A Christmas Carol” where two gentlemen come soliciting funds from Ebenezer Scrooge for a community welfare fund. At first Scrooge is extremely unreceptive, until afterwards when he has his remarkable turnaround following some disturbing and illuminating visits/visions from three apparitions.

A bit of online internet research reveals that there are various renditions of Christmas is a-Comin,' including this one that I prefer over the original, which goes like this: “Christmas is a-comin,' there's a tingle in the air; you can feel the joy of Christmas everywhere. If you listen, you can hear it as it echoes through the skies, and you can see it shining in the children's eyes. Christmas is a-comin' and the turkey's getting fat; let's all put a penny in a poor man's hat. If you haven't got a penny, a cheery smile will do; Christmas is a comin' and may God bless you!

Christmas is a-comin,' you can see it everyplace; there's a kinder look on everybody's face. Everywhere you go there's holly and the smell of Christmas trees, and bells that chime so peacefully across the breeze.

Up above the eastern star grows brighter in the skies, shining down with love in everybody's eyes. So a very merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year too! Christmas is a comin' and may God Bless You!"

Another interesting version says in part: Some say Christmas is for children, and I believe it's true. Can you hear the season calling to the child inside of you? Awaken from your slumber. Come see with younger eyes. And be taken by the wonder that took the whole world by surprise. 

Prepare the way for God's own baby boy; for to mend all broken things, and to heal the world with joy; He will heal the world with joy. 
I don't want you to miss it; I know I have before, 
Like the inn keeper I miss the wonder right outside his door. 
So open up your heart As Christmas passes through; 
Just in time to wake the child asleep inside of you. 
Christmas is coming, The bells are ringing, all comes alive as music fills the air;
I hear the drumming It won't be long now, Christmas is coming; Will you be there? 
Christmas is coming Will you be there?

Christmas will soon be here just as surely as the sun comes up in the morning and goes down again at night. And when it arrives, I hope you will open up your heart as “Christmas passes through.” To quote Tiny Tim from “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, “God bless us, everyone!”

 

George Weaver, Pastor of Maturing Ministries
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