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Monday, December 11, 2017

What Do You Wish For?


I guess store managers think the earlier we’re tempted with Christmas music and decorations, the sooner we’ll start purchasing gifts. Speaking of gifts…As soon as they can write, children delight in making out lists of what they want for Christmas. Many times those lists get longer or get changed every day.

We adults make mental lists and drop hints to our Santas. Along with the children, we begin to feel the Christmas spirit as the time draws nearer for opening gifts resting under the tree.


Lists of things that can’t be packaged stay in our minds as well. This kind of wish list is good all year, not only for December and remains pretty much the same from year to year.

Have you ever wished TV cable wouldn’t go off in the middle of something good; shots didn’t come in a needle; we still had service stations instead of self-serve gas pumps?

Don’t you wish you’d bought stock early on in Coca-Cola, IBM, or Levi Strauss; newborns slept through the night; paper cuts didn’t hurt so much; opportunity would knock more often, or louder; experience wasn’t sometimes the best teacher?

Do you ever wish more money than month occurred instead of the opposite; someone would invent windshield wipers for eye glasses; our mistakes weren’t so noticeable?

Don’t you wish light bulbs didn’t burn out right when you turned them on; you could go back and do some things differently; appliances wouldn’t quit two months after their warranty expires; the check-out line you’re in didn’t move the slowest; shoe strings didn’t break?

On a more serious note, I wish violence would be replaced by kindness; paying health care premiums guaranteed good health; words could adequately express the feeling of love; hearts couldn’t break; it didn’t get dark.

I wish responsibility wasn’t so heavy; the world was a kinder, gentler place; TV programming was more wholesome; good outweighed bad; children didn’t have to be sick; grandparents lived longer.

I wish all good dreams came true.

As we compile our wish lights for Christmas, may we remember the words of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale: "The magic message of Christmas is that God gives us so much more than we can possibly give back! He gave the world the greatest gift of all time. ‘For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given (Isaiah 9:6).'"

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Simply Christmas is an invitation to take a fresh look at the holiday in hopes Christmas will once again be a time of joy and reflection for your family instead of commercialized chaos. The authors, Vickie Phelps and Jo Huddleston, urge you to keep your celebration simple and grounded in the genuine reason for the holiday—God’s gift of His Son to the world. Simply Christmas is available on Amazon.

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