In Christmas, Community

“White Christmas” by Bing Crosby. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey. “What Child is This” by Future of Forestry. Everyone has a favorite Christmas song, or more likely a favorite version OF that song. For me, one of my top Christmas jams is “Wonderful Christmastime” by Paul McCartney (you either love this song or hate it). There’s just something about the quirky Casio keyboard sounds and playful lyrics that make me happy and bring to mind good memories. What can I say…nostalgia is a powerful force!

When Luke and I (we create music together as Common Courier) began to work on our first original Christmas song, some of the musical elements of “Wonderful Christmastime” came to mind: unique, and catchy. It’s different enough to stand out, but easy to remember and sing along to. We put these elements to work in our own way when writing “Dust & Glory”.

Lyrically, the song revolves around the angels’ song found in Luke 2:14 -“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests”. Additionally, the verse lyrics were inspired by John 1:14 – “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Jesus was born bearing both the glory of divinity and the dust of humanity: fully God and fully man. To me this is what is so compelling about the Christmas story: the Word becoming flesh. God stepping into our story… drawing near so we may find ultimate peace. This is worth singing about!

“Come, o man, and hear the story
Of heaven born in dust & glory.”

We hope you enjoy this song, and pray that it points your heart towards Jesus this advent season!

You can download and stream “Dust & Glory at

-Ryan Axtell

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