Annie’s Song of Community

Paul recorded four-year-old Annie singing a made-up song, a song we’ve come to call “Annie’s song of Community.” Find the video clip at

Annie’s Song of Community

Hello, hello, how are you doing?
Hello, hello, hello!
How are you and how is you?
But now Christmas is here.
Hello, hello, hello.
Hello, hello, hello.
Thanks for Christmas today.
I bless you and you bless me.
Christmas is coming soon
For you and me!
For, for, for, for God Jesus,
And for now, for now!
Let’s see, where was I?

Given that angels are God’s messengers, I think of Annie’s “Song of Community” as, well, angelic. Do you hear what I hear?

Hello, hello, hello.
This is not just a passing “hello.” In case you missed the first five “hellos,” there are six more to get your attention. “Listen up, you—yes, you—are being greeted.”

How are you doing? How are you and how is you? But now Christmas is here.
This is not just a passing, “How are you doing?”  It does not assume to know your answer. Really, now, how are you doing relationship-wise with others?  How is you doing, personally? And, this is not just an everyday greeting–this is a Christmas greeting! Christmas changes everything. Listen up, people: Christmas is HERE! NOW!

Thanks for Christmas today. Christmas is coming soon.

We live in the here and the not yet. We celebrate Jesus, God with us.  We watch, we wait; we pray “Come, Lord Jesus.”

I bless you and you bless me.
We are one in Christ. We are interdependent. We are community. Pointing outward and to herself, Annie visually underscores this mutuality when she sings, “Christmas is coming soon for you and me.”

For God Jesus.
“God Jesus” summaries the incarnation nicely, don’t you think?

And for now, for now.
The kingdom of God is at hand, for now, for now.

Let’s see, where was I?
It’s easy to get distracted and lose focus.  When that happens, it’s time to “go to the well,” and take a refreshing drink.  OK, Annie drank from a sippy cup, not a communion chalice, but just go with me on this one.

Wait, where was I?
Sue Edison-Swift


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8 Responses to Annie’s Song of Community

  1. Paul says:

    I’m still trying to find this in the little book of carols Annie was singing from!

  2. Lisa says:

    Oh my goodness – how precious. I LOVED seeing this. It reminded me of when I first came over to the Edison-Swift house and you all played Annie’s video for me – about her difficult beginnings. Such a miracle that little girl – and the woman – is. And what miraculous words come out of that wee one’s mouth. Bless her, bless the way you two raised her. I hope to do the same with my stepkids. Blessings to you, Mama Sue.

  3. Heidi Borkenhagen says:

    so cute! love to see annie singing pre-jazz hand phase! and yes, very theologically astute for a little one. thanks for sharing.

  4. Laurel Hensel says:

    This is a magical age when profound thoughts and messages come easily to what Sam lovingly calls “free spirits.” Oh why do we grow up and lose some of our “freedom”? Listen, God is calling.

  5. Sandra says:

    Just what I needed today…how did you (and Annie) know?

  6. Deb Rothe says:

    I LOVE THIS! Not just precious – but the faith of a child, the reality of life, and the simplicity of celebrating the birth of Jesus with great joy! Thanks Sue for the break-down in depth meaning behind those words. That is beautiful too! I AM blessed by both you and Annie for sharing this. I bless you and you bless me!

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