The song “Christmas in Heaven,” by country artist Scotty McCreery hits close to home for those coping with loss during the holiday season.
Christmas can be a really painful time of year, as we miss beloved family members and mourn fractured relationships.
We fight for joy during the Christmas season, but we can’t avoid that stain of sorrow on our hearts that make us yearn for a day we can all be together again.
McCreery’s “Christmas in Heaven,” released in 2012, explores the idea of how our departed loved ones might be celebrating Christmas in heaven.
McCreery, 25, first rose to fame in 2011 when he won the 10th season of “American Idol.”
The following year, he released his first Christmas album, aptly titled, “Christmas with Scotty McCreery.”
The reflective song brings out the sadness, yet hopefulness, of grieving through the Christmas season.
“Are you kneeling with shepherds before him now // Can you reach out and touch his face // Are you part of that glorious Holy night // I wonder what Christmas in Heaven is like,” he sings.
In a 2012 interview with Taste of Country, McCreery spoke about a loss he’d been grappling with when he heard “Christmas in Heaven.”
“I was thinking about my grandfather, who passed on a few years ago,” McCreery said.
“And I think a lot of people are going to have a personal connection with that song — really be touched by it, hopefully.”
McCreery believes God meant for him to include the song on his album. While he was writing a song called “Christmas in Heaven” about his grandfather, the song with the same name was brought to him a week later. He said the lyrics gave him “chills.”
“It was a God thing,” he told UPROXX. “No question it was going on the album.”
If you are coping with pain and loss this Christmas season, you are not alone.
Since the song’s release, listeners have commented that the song, indeed, has hit close to home.
Some listeners wrote to say they were dreading the thought of celebrating Christmas without a loved one.
Others admitted the song brought them to tears and offered them hope.
The song ultimately points to Jesus, the baby who came at Christmas to give the world the hope of eternal life with Him.
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