In a heartwarming video posted on the Church of England’s official X account, renowned news and sports broadcaster Dan Walker shared his profound connection with his favorite Christmas carol, describing its words as “life changing.”
The carol in question, “Once in Royal David’s City,” holds a special place in Walker’s heart, particularly for its powerful depiction of Jesus as “the Son of God” and the transformative impact of this belief on one’s life.
Walker, known for his roles as the current Channel 5 News anchor and former host of BBC Breakfast and Football Focus, expressed his admiration for the carol’s theological depth. Reflecting on a specific verse, he highlighted the significance of the lyrics, which begin with the words, “He came down to earth from heaven, who is God and Lord of all.”
In the video, Walker enthusiastically shared his thoughts, stating, “That’s a decent slice of theology, isn’t it? The arrival of the Savior? Because you know if that’s true, if Jesus is the Son of God, who He claimed to be, then that is life changing, life affirming truth, and that, for me, is at the very heart of what the Christmas message is all about.”
"Life-changing, life-affirming truth."
— The Church of England (@churchofengland) December 4, 2023
The broadcaster’s appreciation for the carol goes beyond its musical qualities; it resonates with the core of his faith and understanding of Christmas. For Walker, the belief in Jesus as the Son of God is a “life changing, life affirming truth” that forms the essence of the Christmas message. He encouraged viewers to embrace the joy of the season, expressing his sentiment with a spirited, “So, yeah, singing loud, sing it proud.”
This isn’t the first time Walker has openly discussed the importance of his faith. In a previous interview with Sorted magazine, he emphasized that his faith is “the most important thing” about him. He went on to express that he could not “imagine life without Jesus,” underlining the profound impact of his beliefs on his perspective and approach to life.
As the holiday season unfolds, Walker is set to return to football coverage with a festive twist. While currently serving as the Channel 5 News anchor, he will be contributing to Amazon Prime’s Premier League live action throughout December. This move marks a shift from his regular news broadcasting duties to the world of sports, adding a touch of Christmas spirit to his professional endeavors.
Dan Walker’s openness about the significance of his faith and the profound impact of Christmas carols like “Once in Royal David’s City” adds a personal touch to the festive season.
As he seamlessly transitions between news reporting and sports coverage, Walker’s commitment to sharing his beliefs and spreading joy serves as a reminder of the diverse ways individuals celebrate and connect with the spirit of Christmas.