On the Eve of Epiphany, the Twelfth Day of Christmas, why not gather up in gratitude all the abundance of love, joy and celebration that our Christmas faith has bestowed upon us and, wherever we live, think of some ways to take to the streets and share it with the world?
The following may not quite enable the musical equivalent of a monastic flight from the forced saccharine madness that blares from too many speakers in public places, but each album will help create spaces of Christian contemplation and reflection during the Christmas season.
To be sure, Springsteenism is an ambiguous religiosity. Springsteen, as Roops pronounces, “knows everything you’ve ever felt … and he can describe it better for you.” His music allows one to see the depth and profundity in ordinary life — to see even father-son conflict as “something as old as time,” as Manzoor says, and to respond with empathy. Springsteen himself is a role model of uncommon decency.
Resurrection Letters by Andrew Peterson seeks to draw the listener into the events at the heart of the Christian faith.
Black freedom will come through an open-eyed engagement with the powers of this world with the sure confidence that God is with us because our cause is just.