Christmas 1984

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Still 'fine-tuning' our process. You can get to the original article HERE

NOTE: THIS ARTICLE is a reprint from the blog of reverend Kevin Rogers of New Song Church in Windsor, Ontario and is reproduced here for your convenience. You can visit the his blog called "The Orphan Age" HERE.


For you older folks, do you remember where you were in 1984?
I was a college student in Belleville, Ontario. I had a band, was writing songs
and becoming more aware of world events. It was that year that MTV and radio
featured a song by Band-Aid entitled ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’.

 

Bob Geldolf from The Boomtown Rats and Midge Ure from
Ultravox wrote the song in response to the incredible famine that was ravaging
Ethiopia between 1983-85. With an all-star cast of 80’s superstars from the
British Isles, they wrote a song to inspire the world to respond to the
devastation.

 

 

“Do They Know It’s Christmas?”

 

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
Where the only water flowing
Is the bitter sting of tears

And the Christmas bells that ring there
Are the clanging chimes of doom
Well, tonight thank God it’s them
Instead of you

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And there won’t be snow in Africa this Christmas time
The greatest gift they’ll get this year is life
Where nothing ever grows, no rain nor rivers flow
Do they know it’s Christmas time at all?

(Here’s to you) Raise a glass for everyone
(Here’s to them) Underneath that burning sun
Do they know it’s Christmas time at all?

Feed the world
Feed the world
Feed the world
Let them know it’s Christmas time again
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In so many ways, that song captures the spirit of Christmas
in responding to human suffering. Are you aware of the plight of others? Are
you finding a way to respond to their dark suffering? Isn’t this intimately
tied to why Jesus was born in the first place?

 

How are we to respond to the world’s troubles heading into
2024? What is the place of God’s people in the healing of the world?

 

 

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