Someday at Christmas

peaceRiding along in the car this week I heard an oldie but goodie. Stevie Wonder recorded Someday at Christmas in 1967 with the Funk Brothers, which I guess dates me. I still very much enjoy the original version by Stevie W to this day. The song, after half a century, still attracts the likes of Andra Day, Alicia Keys, and Justin Bieber to try their hand and belt out this classic.

The tune and the vocals are amazing with every artist, but the real genius of the song is in the message of the lyrics:

Someday at Christmas men won’t be boys
Playing with bombs like kids play with toys
One warm December our hearts will see
A world where men are free

Someday at Christmas there’ll be no wars
When we have learned what Christmas is for
When we have found what life’s really worth
There’ll be peace on earth

In Luke 2, God promises “good news for all the people” and that triggers a yearning in every heart for life to be right. People to be free, no hungry children, no racist behavior, no tears of sorrow, and no injustice. Advent is the celebration and expectation of the return of Christ to come and gather God’s children where there will be new life and no more of the aforementioned tribulations.

We thank you, Lord, for your presence and your promise that one day all things will be reconciled by you for your glory. Thank you that you, O great Immanuel, have come to us and will come again to gather us unto yourself in love and harmony for eternity! Merry Christmas!

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