Happy Christmas again, folks. Early, I posted my favorite song for the season. Here, as I stare down the barrel of turning 49 in a few weeks, I identify much more with Tim Minchin’s song. I celebrate Christmas as a part of my culture but it’s a secular holiday for me. I’m an agnostic atheist with Buddhist trappings and a deep love of philosophy and science.
But back in the day, I was quite a devout fellow or trying really hard to be. A young Southern Baptist pastor prepping special sermons for the holiday season knowing I’d see up-ticks in attendance during those times. I even wrote Christmas music of my own to go with my sermons.
I moved through that time in my life, gathering a lot of good despite the cognitive dissonance it often created. I don’t regret having lived in that world but I’m grateful for the one I’m in now. Still, I celebrate the holidays and there is a certain nostalgia in those times when I look back to my days of faith.
And I still sing the songs. Even if I agree with Minchin that the lyrics as “dodgy.” So this morning, in the quiet of the Den of Ken while the world slept, I recorded my favorite back then. I always liked the minor key. It would mash up nicely with Sounds of Silence….