There is just over a month left until Christmas. Can you believe it? I can't! I have slowly been getting more and more into the Christmas spirit...with turning on our Christmas lights (that we just left up on the roof from last year...), listening to Christmas music, starting my Christmas shopping, hanging our wreath on our door, and making up wish lists for gifts we'd like to receive.
My wish list is full of the regular -- clothes, books, games, music, etc. Material things that people can actually go out and buy for me.
But lately I've been thinking about a different sort of wish list -- a wish list that isn't full of physical items you can get in a shopping mall. A more emotional sort of wish list that can only be fulfilled through the grace of God, the goodness of humankind, and a world willing to change.
Here are some things that are on this non-traditional wish list:
*Everybody who desperately wants (and can properly take care of) a child would be able to have one. Everybody deserves a child they can love with all of their heart.
*All children would live to see their high school graduation, their wedding day, and their own children and grand-children.
*No parent would have to bury their child.
*Cancer would be beaten once and for all.
*Broken families would be re-united.
*No child would think he was ever un-loved.
Notice I don't wish for constant peace and love between all people. I don't wish for no disagreements, no turmoil in anyone's lives, or that everybody all believe in the same God (edited to add: -- at least not right from child-hood. I think a lot of people who are not Christians can learn a lot in 'their world' before turning to God. But in the end -- I most definitely would wish for everybody to believe in the One and true God! Just thought I should clear that up.)
If the world were a perfect place -- how would we ever experience God's grace? If we were never challenged, how would we ever grow? And if we were never hurt by another person, how would we ever learn forgiveness?
I wouldn't want people to have perfect lives with no situations that could make them into a better person. I think it is important to go through life constantly learning new things and striving to become better. I wouldn't want to take that away from everybody, even if it means life gives them challenges they think they may not be able to overcome.
No, I wouldn't want to do that. But I do want there to be h-o-p-e for everybody. And that is my ultimate Christmas wish.