(plus a little blog love for two friends!)
(photo courtesy of brucgreg at photobucket)
I wrote about this on my creative writing blog, but I wanted to highlight it here also.
Jamie Soles is a talented guitarist and singer/songwriter, as well as a dear friend. He and his lovely wife, Val, live in Grande Prairie, AB Canada with their eight great kids. We love to have them crash at our place whenever they are in the area. It's an extended slumber party with singing on the patio at nights -- glorious!
Son is a must-hear song. It has been playing in the background during our Christmas preparations and activities...and I can't resist singing along. It is such a beautiful encapsulation of the timeless Christmas story that we all know so well.
Please click the play button and enjoy (used with permission).
"Prince of Peace" (c)1983 Diana Moses Botkin
Used by permission
Son [From the Weight of Glory album, 2007]
Joseph, Mary, nine months, carried
Census, senseless, we must go
Travel, painful, comfort, hopeful
No room, what now?
One place more
Barnyard, pungent, cattle, manger
What a time to be a stranger
Dark night, starlight, shepherds, big fright
Angels! Bright light! Good news tonight!
Master, Saviour, Promised Deliverer
Humbled, veiled, God Most High
Redemption, salvation, adoption, new creation
Propitiation, God's own Son
Songs will always ring
From those who've left their wandering
And found rest, true rest
God's own Son
© Jamie Soles Nov 28 1996
You can hear more clips from his album Weight of Glory and purchase this song "Son" or any of his other songs from Jamie's website or from iTunes. I can't recommend him highly enough.
The small sketch featured above is by Diana Moses Botkin, (her blog) a very talented artist and personal acquaintance. Isn't this one of the most poignant depictions of the Christ-Child and his mother you have seen? Diana is running a special on her 'Renaissance' series of prints until 12/15 - buy two, get one free (and free shipping for orders over $50) Contact her for more details.
So....tell me about your favorite Christmas song this year. I love to discover new music!