We are grateful to Shawna Belt Edwards, a Mormon woman, who is helping us begin the Christmas season with a reminder of the importance of keeping Christ at the center of our lives. She shares a beautiful song she composed entitled “Do You Have Room?”
Shawna writes this about her song:
It was only a few days before Christmas, and I was in the throes of the Christmas Crush — you know — that somewhat sickening feeling you have when you’ve spent way too much time at the mall, and you’re still not “ready”? And then I read an article written by President Thomas S. Monson, who said,
“[P]ersonally invited to undertake a search for the babe…did the shepherds concern themselves with….their possessions? Did they procrastinate their search for Jesus? The record affirms that…they came with haste.”
I felt a pang of conscience as I realized that I, too, had received a personal invitation to come unto Him, but had lately ignored it in favor of buying up worthless trinkets. I was the innkeeper, with no room for Him. I didn’t notice the star and I didn’t hear the angels sing.
I continued to read:
In these busy days there are many who have time for golf, time for shopping, time for work, time for play—but no time for Christ. Lovely homes dot the land and provide rooms for eating, rooms for sleeping, playrooms, sewing rooms, television rooms, but no room for Christ.
I sang it to my family on Christmas Eve, then filed it away in my music drawer and forgot about it. It might still be there, if it weren’t for my Dad, who regularly asked me, “Have you done anything with that song?”
After her father’s death, she did do something with that song. She made a video and posted it on YouTube and shared it with a half dozen other people.
I was reluctant to send it to anyone else, but my kids weren’t. Within a few weeks, I was getting emails from people all over the world, and from many different faiths and walks of life. They shared with me their stories of struggle and tragedy; of courage, hope, and triumph. I answered every email–it was the season of a thousand new friends.
Thank you for this. I especially appreciated the scenes of service at the end of the video. Today my heart is aching for people that I serve, teenage girls who are in difficult circumstances. It hurts to love them sometimes. Your song and video remind me that loving them is what the Savior would have me do, even if it is difficult. Making room in my heart for Him means making room for them.
Oh, this was just the perfect way to start the month of December. Thank you for sharing your talents with us, Shawna. So beautiful.
Oh I would love the sheet music to this. My mother is frequently asked to sing in sacrament meeting and this would make a wonderful solo for the Christmas season. I’ll be sure to email you.
I just love this song. I’ll be reminded to make room in my room in my heart throughout this season and year as my mind reviews the lyrics.
Thank you for writing this music. What a talent!
That’s a fantastic video. Really.
Absolutely gorgeous message and music…it WAS the perfect way to start the month of December. Thanks!
Wow, absolutely beautiful. What a wonderful message ~ the perfect start to the holiday season. Thanks for sharing.
I loved this. Beautiful! Thank you.
I would love to perform this in sacrament meeting for Christmas … is this available in sheet music form…
This brings home a very important point…
Do we have room for our Savior???
I love this message. If we center our lives around the Savior, everything else will fall in place.
You can download the sheet music, an mp3, and/or the video from my website, songsbyshawna.com. There is also a link there to more music, and to my blog. Thanks for asking.
Shawna …thank-you for this beautiful song and video to help us once more come into the presence of our Father In Heaven and celebrate the greatest gift given to us all for Christmas…your words help us to reach out and feel The love Christ has for us what a wonderful tribute to His work and mission.
That was amazing!!!! The music was a perfect reminder for all. Please please please let me know where I can get the sheet music. I have to sing in sacrament meeting and this would be perfect. Thanks you again for making this available for all of us. It bears a wonderful testimony of our Savior!
My friends from all over the country have been sending me the link to this beautiful song … for two reasons. they know how much I love Christmas, and I’m in the video hugging all the African American children. This video footage was shot by World Report on the 2009 Day of Service. I have been seriously considering dropping my affiliation with this group but when I saw the photos of these beautiful children I knew they need me to continue serving them and helping their cause to feed and tutor.
I am going to sing this beautiful song in our prayer meeting Christmas messege in the Manti Temple today. What Christmas song could help to bring the spirit of this special season more?
I would like to use this video for my relief Society christmas dinner. Is there anyway I can get a copy of the video other than on youtube. I think it would perfect!!! Love you!!!!!