A devotion from a few years ago for the day after Christmas.
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.
The song White Christmas holds a special place in my heart. When I was part of the music group “The Master’s Voice” this song was “my” song. I sang lead on this song. Usually I was relegated to the “bump bump” parts because, as a bass, I would be singing the parts that kept the rhythm of Barbershop-style songs that made up most of our repertoire.
We had a handful of Christmas songs that we arranged – from hymns to secular standards. The version of White Christmas that we used was the arrangement originally recorded by the Bebop group “The Drifters” and it featured a bass lead.
I love this song!
This song was first featured in the Bing Crosby-Fred Astaire film Holiday Inn. It became a huge hit for Bing Crosby. It would also inspire an entirely new film a decade or so later, White Christmas with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye.
This second film starts in World War II and then follows the two leads through their post-war careers as Broadway and later as radio stars.
Interestingly, the song – written by Irving Berlin – was almost universally hated by veterans of the Battle of the Bulge, a battle my grandfather fought in and receive a Purple Heart for. They spent the Christmas of 1944 knee deep in snow and sub-zero temperatures.
After that, none of them wanted to dream of a “white Christmas” ever again.
The song, however, invokes memories for most everyone else of Christmases long past. The holidays we remember as children. Of course, we most likely only remember the good things about those celebrations, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
What White Christmas reminds me of is the reason that we celebrate Christmas.
Jesus Christ came to this world, was born a human being, to save us from our sins. He became a man so that he could bleed and die to save all of us from our sins.
This would fulfill the prophecy of Isaiah that even though are sins are scarlet – with ne’er a hope of being made clean (forgiven) ever – the blood of Jesus makes them “white as snow.”
So, no matter where you live and no matter whether you have snow on the ground or not, each Christmas is “white” because of the forgiveness that Jesus brings to all of us.
Heavenly Father, thank you for forgiving my sins and making me white as snow through the blood of your Son, Jesus Christ. In his name I pray. Amen.
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