TobyMac is a Christian rapper. If you listen to Christian radio, you’ve heard his music at some point. He’s been around for a while.

Back in October, TobyMac’s son, Truett, passed away. He was 21 years old.

Recently, TobyMac released 21 Years as a tribute to Truett

Have a listen.

Have you dried your eyes yet?

I am sorry anytime anyone has to endure such a loss.

What I appreciate about TobyMac’s song is twofold.

First, listen to his honesty. He affirms God’s presence, but acknowledges his own pain and questions to God. Second, he weaves a part of the story of God seamlessly through his own. Yes, his loss is great. Still, he finds a connection to scripture that helps frame how he will move through such a loss.

Of course, TobyMac is an artist.

Most of us might not feel like we could ever produce anything like he can. But we can find our story within the stories of God in the Bible.

When we do, we learn just how significant having God’s word is.

Stay blessed…john

My top 5 Christmas songs

Maybe I should have made 2 lists.

But I decided to do one list and give you a caveat. The message and world-altering aspect of Christmas is the most meaningful aspect of the season. Christ came into the world to save sinners!

The gifts, the decorations and all the fluff of Christmas don’t do all that much for me.

But there are some songs I can’t wait to hear and sing!

So, here’s my top 5 list of Christmas songs.

#5 O Come All Ye Faithful

Joyfully and triumphantly we can praise God because the promise of Messiah has been fulfilled. God’s faithfulness, indeed, endures forever!

#4 All I Want for Christmas

She doesn’t care about the presents underneath the Christmas tree, y’all! I don’t know how you hear this song and don’t crack at least one smile. It’s fun and catchy.

Just ask my kids how much I love this song. And just ask my wife how much I love listening to Mariah Carey.

#3 Some Day at Christmas

Most people wouldn’t consider this a hymn or spiritual, but I do. I sing it as a prayer because it resonates so much with the freedom Christ came to bring. No lie, I tear up with this one.

#2 Joy to the World

Joy to the World is not a Christmas carol. It points to the second coming of Christ more than the first. We see that, in part, because the earth didn’t receive her king when Christ first came.

That’s fine, but there is a joy following Christ brings, and he invited all to come and follow him even if not all did.

Since it’s not a Christmas hymn, do I get an additional spot on the list?

#1 Emmanuel (His Name is Called Emmanuel)

Tears again when I sing this one.

It’s so simple, yet all we need to know about what makes Christmas meaningful. If we miss this, we miss everything.

Those are my favorites. What’s on your list of favorite Christmas songs?

Oh, and just in case I get another pick, how about: The Christmas Song or Christmas in Hollis?