Monday, December 08, 2008

Sixpence None the Richer

My wife and I joined our good friends Jonathan and Amanda a few nights ago for the Love Came Down Christmas concert featuring Jars of Clay, Sixpence None the Richer, and Sara Groves.

My favorite part of the concert was hearing Leigh Nash and Matt Slocum, aka Sixpence None the Richer. We also got to meet Leigh after the concert, pictured here with my wife Suzy. Leigh's voice is wonderful and I find many of Sixpence's songs creative and mesmerizing. (You might know them best from the song "Kiss Me" in the 1999 film She's All That.) They've just come out with a Christmas album called The Dawn of Grace. I especially enjoy their arrangement of "O Come, O Come Emmanuel." Our church's worship team recently led us in song with that arrangement.

There's an interesting piece on ChristianityToday.com about Sixpence. They were on the David Letterman Show about 10 years ago. Letterman asked where the band's name came from. Leigh explained:

"It comes from a book by C. S. Lewis…called Mere Christianity. A little boy asks his father if he can get a sixpence—a very small amount of English currency—to go and get a gift for his father. The father gladly accepts the gift and he's really happy with it, but he also realizes that he's not any richer for the transaction…"

Letterman then remarked, "He bought his own gift."

Leigh: "That's right. C.S. Lewis was comparing that to his belief that God has given him, and us, the gifts that we possess, and to serve Him the way we should, we should do it humbly… realizing how we got the gifts in the first place."

In a rare show of soul, Letterman replied, "Well, that's beautiful. If we could just keep that little sliver of enlightenment with us, things would be so much better."

I love it when Christian artists are able to win credibility in the culture and speak winsomely and clearly from a Biblical worldview.

1 comment:

scotirish said...

I have read of many churches celebrating Christmas with Pageants that include an actual baby portraying the role of 'baby Jesus'. Our first child Ruth, was born December 12th, 1981 and was chosen to be 'baby Jesus' for our church's (Reba Place Fellowship) Christmas Eve service. Last year, our grandson, Charlie, born on Oct. 19th 2008, was chosen, also at Reba Place Fellowship. But in prison no such ritual exists.

I wasn't even thinking about babies being in Christmas plays back in 1972. This was yet another year in prison, the difference being this was my first Christmas as a christian. The Christmas service held new meaning for me as we sang the traditional Christmas Carols bringing with it a hope for a new life with a redeemed future. Christian volunteers were a part of our service at the U. S. Medical Center for Prisoners in Springfield, Mo.

As our service wound to completion a cry was heard. The faint
whimpering of a baby. My first thought was that I wasn't hearing what I thought I had heard. I had been in prison for many years and had never even seen a baby inside of a prison (not counting my infrequent times in the visiting room.) But there it was again, a baby crying. Someone, a volunteer, had brought their baby into the service wrapped in a blanket unnoticed by the guards. I then thought, there was our 'baby
Jesus'. The parents of the yet unknown child were the children of an older couple (Lloyd and Nita Colbaugh) who had only a few years previously began their ministry to the prison. Even the great-grandmother, (Mom Carter) was a volunteer and had played a significant role in my own conversion, telling me that God had a plan for my life.

Life would go on and the incident of 'baby Jesus' coming to prison would fade to a memory, until the baby grew up and now is known throughout many countries far and wide as acclaimed Christian
singer/songwriter Sara Groves. I hope this story adds to your appreciation of the life of Sara and her family.
John C Thomson