"Do They Know Its Christmas Time?"
In the 1980's (like, you couldn't tell from the clothes and hairstyles...) a group of musicians came together as one and created "Band Aid" in an effort to bring awareness to the plight of famine in Africa.
Their anthem, the song entitled "Do They Know its Christmas Time?" sold millions in financial support of their cause.
Nearly 35 years later, this same song is a staple of most any "sounds of the season" station. Why? Because although their clothes and hairstyles have changed (thank goodness!), the musicians' message remains the same: bringing awareness to those who need help around the world, or, even in our own communities:
It's Christmas time, there's no need to be afraid
At Christmas time, we let in light and we banish shade
And in our world of plenty, we can spread a smile of joy
Throw your arms around the world at Christmas time
But say a prayer, pray for the other ones
At Christmas time, it's hard but when you're having fun
There's a world outside your window
And it's a world of dread and fear
At Christmas, we are moved to reach out to those banished to a world of dread and fear - abuse, addiction, loneliness, lostness. While we can provide our brothers and sisters in need with prayers, smiles, hugs, shelter, food, and money, only God could have provided us with the most protective "bandaid" of all - His Son, Jesus Christ.
Jesus' love covers our ugly, wounded souls. He protects us against physical, emotional, and spiritual infections. However, unlike an earthly bandaid, Jesus' love stays on us even after He has healed us.
To paraphrase a line from the song:
"His love is the greatest gift we'll
get this year...."
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