Have you ever really listened to the lyrics in Christmas Carols? I mean really listened. And not just the sacred or religious carols but the secular ones as well. One that really hit me this weekend was a line in “Winter Wonderland.” This particular line says “to face unafraid, the plans that we made.”
Why in the world would these words be in such a happy secular Christmas song? This song talks about being happy, walking and playing around in the snow with those we love. Unafraid means undaunted, confident, unshrinking, daring. Well, I looked up the history on this song. Richard Smith penned the words to this song from his bed in a sanatorium while he was longing to be out playing in the snow with his family and friends. He died just a year after writing the poem, at age 34, from tuberculosis.
Maybe most everyone has an “event” or “gathering” that they just are not excited about attending. Maybe there is something else they would rather be doing. Maybe that one person in attendance that makes everyone else miserable is what you’re “afraid” of. Maybe this particular family gathering brings back memories of a family member who is no longer here. Someone that you miss terribly. Whatever the reason we can face those plans unafraid. Isaiah 41:10 says “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” So yes, we can “face unafraid, the plans that we made.” Christmas is a time when it seems that we need this help more than any other time of year. We’re tired, stressed and emotional. I’m thankful that God is with me. That He strengthens and helps me. Yes! We can claim the promises that God has given us.
Let’s try to refocus. Instead of trying to impress and trying to “keep the peace” let’s try to focus on Him, the reason for our peace. Let’s “face unafraid the plans that we made” because of who HE is . Because of what HE’s done for us. Because the bigger picture is worth so much more. Let’s take every opportunity to share the reason for our peace.
It just an Average Day on Everidge, Merry Christmas! Fifi