Children: “I haven’t sent my wish list yet to Santa!” (They think they are late because they have seen Christmas items in stores since July 4th!)
Adults: “Who’s hosting? What are we eating? What are we going to buy your dad this year? Can I bring a date to the office party? Oh, are we sending out Christmas cards? Who’s going to sit down and write the family brag letter that no one probably reads? I mean, they see all year how perfect our family is on Facebook.”
This happens every year. To be honest, I saw Christmas cards here at home the other day and my heart skipped a beat thinking I was late in sending them out. With the commercializing of Jesus’ birth it’s hard not to get caught up in it all. I guess I’m guilty too. I mean, here I am writing about Christmas before Thanksgiving! And I’m writing this post while wearing white pants after Labor Day! Who makes up these silly rules anyway?
If I want to start preparing my heart and attitude to celebrate the birthday of all birthdays, then why not? Life wouldn’t be worth living, if it wasn’t for the love of God, and his generous, outlandish, extravagant gift of his Son, Jesus. So, in the spirit of preparing for Christmas, below is my Christmas prayer list to God:
- That America would focus on our real needs instead of spending a lot of money and time on trying to get someone fired. (Okay, that has been my only political opinion expressed this whole year.)
- That families would work harder at loving then hurting.
- That my wife’s Visa to America would arrive yesterday.
- To be debt free.
- To have several books I’ve written published, and a major movie deal in the works based on my novel, Kill the Preacher Man, which would produce an Oscar Award, so my wife could meet Keanu Reeves at the awards ceremony.
Having all those prayers answered would be great, but what I want the most, and I mean this, is for everyone to give God a chance. To realize how much He loves us, and how he never intended anything bad to happen to us, but know that when we use our free will, we allow Satan to hurt us. Then after they give God time, and get acquainted with him, they would accept him and love him back. Ya know, if that happened then items 1 and 2 would be taken care of.
Faith says, these prayers could be answered. Hope says, even if they don’t, it will be okay. Love says, regardless, I am a child of the most, high God, and love, never fails.
Do your best this year to not forget why we have Christmas. Take time out to consider Jesus. Know this; Christmas is coming, and Christ is coming soon to gather those who believe in him, and have accepted him.
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