Using Coldplay to reflect and respond

Posted: December 1, 2013 in Advent

This tune tells of a broken relationship at Christmastime:

Christmas night, another fight
Tears we cried a flood
Got all kinds of poison in
Poison in my blood

I took my feet
To Oxford Street
Trying to right a wrong
Just walk away
Those windows say
But I can’t believe she’s gone

When you’re still waiting for the snow to fall
Doesn’t really feel like Christmas at all.
Invite responses to the song.

Ask:
Why do you think Coldplay would create such a melancholy song for Christmas?
Who do you think could relate to this tune?
Why does it sometimes seem, even in the middle of December, that it doesn’t really feel like Christmas at all?
The song talks of “waiting for the snow.” What else do you think people in need are waiting for this Advent?

Post several large sheets of paper around the room. At the top of each, write one of these words: school, family, city, country, world. Invite your class to take time at each sheet of paper to write down what people in need in those contexts are “waiting” for this Advent season. What might be on their Christmas lists this year? (e.g. peace, a new job, health care, less crime in the neighborhood, enough food, end of war, etc)

Reflecting & Responding:
By the end of the song there is a glimmer of hope (“Oh Christmas lights Light up the street / Light up the fireworks in me / May all your troubles soon be gone / Those Christmas lights keep shining on”).

Ask:
What do you think the Christmas Lights represent in the song?
Who might the Christmas Lights represent?
Invite the group to consider how we might have a part in the prophet Isaiah’s call to “Prepare the way of the Lord, [and] make his paths straight.”
How might each of us reorient our hearts toward God, in specific and tangible ways, in the coming year to help bring a measure of God’s Kingdom of Peace to those around us?
Provide each student with paper and pen and ask them to write a short letter to themselves committing to specific ways they might do this in 2014. Seal the letters in envelopes with the student’s name and plan to giver it back to them in mid-January.

Close in prayer.

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