All I Want for Christmas

It’s the time of the year when the radio air waves are filled with music of the Christmas season. Two songs that come to mind mention a wish list of items wanted for Christmas.

Going back to my childhood, I still remember the catchy song where a child proclaims, “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth.” Later in life I was introduced to a more grown up Christmas list in a song from Amy Grant, desires reflected in these words: “no more lives torn apart, wars would never start, time would heal all hearts, everyone would have a friend, right would always win, and love would never end.”

A few weeks ago, I was asked by family members to create my wish list of items I would want for Christmas this year. Like so many of us, my list included the usual material items of clothing and for good measure I threw in some fun golf gadgets. However, in creating the list, it got me thinking about the deeper question of “What do I really want for Christmas?”

While still pondering what would be on my non-material and more meaningful Christmas wish list, I came across a portion of Scripture where Jesus asked two blind men a simple, but profound question: “What do you want Me to do for you?” Their immediate wish list was for their sight to be restored which Jesus, in an act of compassion, did for them. I wonder though if the question Jesus asked them stirred something deeper in their hearts?

What if God were asking us to create a wish list for Him this season? What do we really want for Christmas that only God could provide? Take some time to ponder this deeper question and as God invites us to do, present our list to Him and watch with wonder and anticipation to see how He provides.

Associate Pastor
Mark Shupe


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