I’ve always loved Christmas music. From “Santa Claus is coming to town” to “Away in a Manger,” there isn’t any Christmas song I don’t enjoy. Christmas is like a little treat at the end of every year for me for making it through yet another year of life. The lights, the tree, the spirit of giving, listening to Christmas music in the background while the fire is glowing, hot chocolate is brewing, and snow is snowing…. It doesn’t get any better than that. I just can’t get enough.
As a result, I have always wanted to contribute to the music that surrounds the Christmas season. A few weeks ago, my wife’s sister gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. It was a weekend that we happened to be spending at our family cabin out on Whidbey Island in Washington state. The cabin is a place of peace and refuge, and it also happens to have a piano in it. As pictures of this new baby boy came to my phone, I sat down at the piano and started playing. I started thinking about the birth of our Savior, and having experienced the miracle of the birth of my own 3 children, a melody came to mind. Thoughts and feelings of joy and peace that come from the gift a new born baby started trickling in.
How must have Mary felt holding her new born baby in her arms? Yes, he was the Savior, the Creator, the Only Begotten Son of Heavenly Father, but in that moment, he was also a beautiful, sweet, peaceful baby.
And what about Joseph? What feelings was he experiencing as a father to Jesus and the responsibility he bore to help raise the son of God?
And what about our Heavenly Father? How did he feel as a Father for his Son in that moment in the garden of Gethsemane?
I may not know exactly, but as a father to my children, I have a glimpse of some of those feelings.
In this song, I tried to capture those moments. First of Mary, then of Joseph, then our Heavenly Father. In the scriptures we read constantly about the people He taught and helped and blessed and the thousands and now millions of people He has influenced. But what about the people that influenced Him? His mother, His father, and His Heavenly Father. There are more that influenced him throughout his life, but I think these three perhaps more than any others.
He is our Savior, Our Redeemer, The Creator, and Almighty God. But at one point in His existence, for a brief moment, He was a precious and pure baby, a Little Child.
And for this, the world celebrates at the end of every year.
Please visit http://www.michaelchristensenmedia.com or click here to get this song. This holiday season, if you have a opportunity to share your talent of music with others, consider singing this new Christmas hymn written for a SATB choir and piano with a flute solo.