A baby comes, folks don’t sleep

Well it’s about time to unwrap my favourite Christmas song for another year. It’s been hidden away with the decorations and now, as the tree is up in the lounge, it needs another airing.

Ricky Ross, best known to most people as the lead singer with 80s band Deacon Blue, released the album Pale Rider about a decade ago and on it was track called Calvary which had nothing to do with Easter but everything to do with Christmas. In it Ross insists that this season is about celebrating the baby and not trying to rush past the birth to seeing all that Jesus would accomplish on the cross.

Too many Christians want to point at the stable and say: “There you are. The Saviour of the world, destined for a cross.”

Surely one of the most stunning things in human history is to understand that lying in a manger is the Word made flesh? As Ross sings:

One child grows and people notice
he’s breaking chains
and making poor folks’ lives so heavenly
(the way it’s meant to be)

What a story – God made human and vulnerable and small and surprising and available to us.

 

It’s late in the year
and the leaves are fallen down and swept clear
tonight I’m going to have to start thinking hard
about Christmas
How, I don’t care
whether what we have happened here or there.
Something rather wonderful came into the sky just to please us

Night falls, still a broken step
this old mule’s legs
will take you many days from here
Tired limbs and ruddy cheeks
will bandage up your aching hands and feet

I don’t need to know what everyone sees
different roads can take you where other paths lead
I’m not even trying to get as far as Calvary
Calvary

As the sun goes down
and the lights go up in hilltop towns
The boys and girls are gathered and
ask to make a wish come true
I’m driving round some bleak mid-winter tinsel town
I see you sleeping at the bus top
Nothing but a sheet between the moon and you

A Baby comes, folks don’t sleep
Those shepherds keep you up later than you meant to be
One child grows and people notice
he’s breaking chains
and making poor folks’ lives so heavenly
(the way it’s meant to be)

I don’t need to know what everyone sees
different roads will take you where other paths lead
I’m not even trying to get as far as Calvary
Calvary
Calvary
Calvary

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