For everyone having a wonderful Christmas, you may not want to read this. Because it speaks of an alternate Christmas reality. Elvis may not have been the first to do it, but he captured this alternate Christmas reality in the song Blue Christmas. Here’s a snippet
“And when those blue snowflakes start falling
That’s when those blue memories start calling“
There are people right now around you who have “blue memories calling” Blue memories of past Christmases:
- With a beloved friend, dad, mom, husband, wife, and/or child who won’t be here this Christmas.
- When paying Christmas bills was less stressful.
- When we were consumed by the holiday rather than consumed with unresolved health issues.
And if we’re going to be perfectly honest, no one is immune to blue memories calling. If we’re going to be honest, every Christmas has the potential of being shades of blue.
There was another song writer who captured an alternate experience of facing blue memories calling with hope. Listen to the psalmist’s mindful rhythm.
Psalm 85:1-3 God, you smiled on your good earth! brought good times back to Jacob. You lifted the cloud of guilt from your people, you put their sins far out of sight. You took back your sin-provoked threats, you cooled your hot, righteous anger.
Remember! First, the Psalmist walks towards the memory of when God was good. He says without hesitation, “You smiled on us and bought the good times back! We remember!” God has been and God will be good to you and I. God was and will be with you and I when “blue memories start falling.”
Psalm 85:4-7 Help us again, God of our help; don’t hold a grudge against us forever. You aren’t going to keep this up, are you? scowling and angry, year after year? Why not help us make a fresh start—a resurrection life? Then your people will laugh and sing! Show us how much you love us, God! Give us the salvation we need!
Request! Then, in the middle of their “better time memory”, they ask, “God to do it again! Help us again!” I believe God the Father longs for moments when His children turn towards Him and demonstrate their need for him. God waits patiently for His Children to need Him.
Psalm 85:8-9 I can’t wait to hear what he’ll say. God’s about to pronounce his people well, The holy people he loves so much, so they’ll never again live like fools. See how close his salvation is to those who fear him? Our country is home base for Glory!
Rest! They rest in the confident hope that God will respond and pronounce His people well. Hope is not wishful thinking. Hope allows you and I to wait with a confident expectation of what God will do.
Psalm 85:10-13 Love and Truth meet in the street, Right Living and Whole Living embrace and kiss! Truth sprouts green from the ground, Right Living pours down from the skies! Oh yes! God gives Goodness and Beauty; our land responds with Bounty and Blessing. Right Living strides out before him, and clears a path for his passage.
Rejoice! Finally, filled with hope; the confident expectation that their blue memory does not have the final say, they rejoice. They rejoiced. We rejoice even before God restores. We rejoice because we trust God is still good.
Whenever blue memories start calling, I invite you to model the mindful rhythm of the Psalmist: