Wonder Boi Writes

25 Songs of Christmas: Day 10 – Breath of Heaven

It’s one of those days that doesn’t really feel like Christmas time. I’m cleaning the disaster zone that is my house right now, making plans for our next trip, and working on Pampered Chef orders. In other other words it’s just like any other day. Plus it’s gray outside, with a little bit of drizzle but still no snow. The kind of day that’s easy to feel dreary about. If not for the Christmas music on my iTunes it might even be a little depressing. Then something wafts up to my ear on a haunting melody. A woman’s voice sings pleads, “hold me together.”

I feel her questions sink in to me. “In a world as cold as stone, must I walk this road alone?”

Suddenly it’s not just a day of house chores. There’s a stirring of anticipation, a subtle reminder that during Advent even the most mundane carries with it a sense of purpose as we prepare the way for the coming of our Lord.

A young mother making a space for a child, travelers preparing for a distant journey, people everywhere deciding what best they can offer in celebration or homage, everything t connects us to billions of others, believers in every time and place, who pause to seek the divine in our daily tasks.

I do sometimes wonder, “If a wiser one should have had my place, but I offer all I am to the mercy of Your plan.”

These emotions are not sparkly, or bright, or festive, but on closer inspection they do feel a little bit like Christmas after all.


December 10, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,


  1. You’ve totally hit on one of my favorite songs…not just during this season…but ALL TIME favorite songs. It’s just so powerful and speaks so plainly about devotion. No, I’m not perfect. Yes, I am scared out of my mind. But You have chosen me, Lord, and so I shall continue.

    Comment by Carleen | December 10, 2012 | Reply

  2. Thanks Rachel, for adding this song to your Songs of Christmas blog. I had never heard of it and it is hauntingly beautiful and packed with devotion. In a year that has been incredibly hard for me, this speaks to me and the faith to keep moving, to continue to grow and learn even when life is difficult.

    Comment by Beth | December 10, 2012 | Reply

  3. There’s a great version on Grover Washington’s Christmas CD as well. I think it’s the best song Amy Grant has ever written.

    Comment by Robin | December 10, 2012 | Reply

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