“Someday at Christmas men won’t be boys
Playing with bombs like kids play with toys
One warm December our hearts will see
A world where men are free
Someday at Christmas there’ll be no wars
When we have learned what Christmas is for
When we have found what life’s really worth
There’ll be peace on earth
Someday all our dreams will come to be
Someday in a world where men are free
Maybe not in time for you and me
But someday at Christmastime”
Sung by Stevie Wonder
(Bryan Well and Ron Miller, songwriters)
Someday At Christmas was a hit song sung by Stevie Wonder on his Christmas album of the same title released in November, 1967. It was the year after the Watts, Los Angeles riots and the same year that Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first African American Supreme Court Justice. It was the same year when 7,000 National guardsmen took to the streets of Detroit to assist local police because of racial violence. Violent outbreaks occurred also in Spanish Harlem, New York City, Rochester, New York, Birmingham, Alabama and New Britain, Connecticut. The song broke into the artistic cultural matrix of protest music and protest marches six month before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was slain in Memphis, Tennessee assisting striking garbage workers.
This is a yesterday song the speaks to our hearts today reminding us of all of our someday hopes and dreams. It is reminiscent of another song of the same era that said “Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe. We shall overcome, someday.”
I have some personal, family and faith walk somedays. Lots of them!
What are your somedays? At this time of the year someday sounds like: someday I’ll lose weight, get a better job, buy a home, stick to a budget, get out of debt, kiss and make up or kiss and breakup, work smarter, walk closer to Christ, go to Bible study, make worship services, pray more or do more in the name of Jesus Christ.
What about these somedays? Someday at Christmas there will be clean fresh water to drink, fresh air to breathe and futile soil to plant and live on. Someday at Christmas women and children will live at home without fear of being abused. Someday at Christmas there will be no need for shelters and soup kitchens. Someday at Christmas women will be respected and not maligned publicly or privately. Someday at Christmas we will be free to enjoy the opportunities of a democracy that delivers on it Constitutional promises. Someday at Christmas the strong will bare the infirmities of the weak, the oppressed will find relief and God will heal the land. Someday at Christmas we will love our neighbors without fear respecting each others ethnic and religious origins. Someday at Christmas Nigerian Christian girls and their parents will live without fear of religious persecution, kidnapping and rape. Someday the world will not see our boys as threats to humanity and our girls as fodder for perverted fantasies. Someday we will throw off the cloak self-oppression and see ourselves as God sees us – fearfully and wonderfully made. Someday….
Someday seems like a far off distant land where dreams do come true, peace breaks out instead of war and we’ve learned what Christmas is truly all about. Love came. Love was crucified. Love rose. Love wins!
Beloved, we can bring someday closer by becoming what we hope for. You want peace? Be the peace you’re hoping for. You want love? Be the love you’re longing for. You want to be free? Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8) Storm the citadels of oppressive policies and praxis. Engage in collaborative efforts to bring about the change that is needed for all of us to be free not just a few select groups. Draw up the blueprint for newer generations because as Stevie sings “Maybe not in time for you or me but someday at Christmas time.” Someday.
Stay Tuned: I am going to challenge you to make 2017 The Big Deal year!
Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie