With adults, they might wish for a new shirt, a special set of golf clubs or fine jewelry.
For the homeless or jobless, a hot meal may bring relief from the frustrations of this season of the heart. For the lonely, maybe a kind word could bring a smile.
Christmas means a time of giving, receiving and fellowship. It’s a time of renewal as a certain child, Jesus, arrived on this planet with a special message of kindness, understanding, love and compassion.
If you notice, millions wish one another “Merry Christmas” as they walk out the door of their recreation center or hold open a door so others might pass through at the grocery store. Families get together for dinners and church service.
Christmas brings hope for all of us to wake up with the expectation of gifts or reunions with old friends or warm appreciations of our abundant lives for the vast majority of American citizens.
At my church in Denver, our ministers offer six repeat services with wondrous songs, brass horns, stirring music, terrific choir and candle light services. One of our ministers, Reverend Cynthia sings like an angel. Dr. Roger plays his banjo. Reverend Barry plays guitar with songs like “Stone Soup” and “Answer Your Cell Phone.” Each service fills our church with 1,000 people.
Do you know what the most wished-for present on the lips of our members happens to be? I’ll bet you do because your members at your church wish for it, too!
What do we adults wish for at Christmas more than anything?
Without a doubt, Americans and humans across the planet wish for world peace for all of humanity.
As I step into church for one of those services on Christmas eve, I’m going to pray for world peace. I’m taking my wish list into that church and speak to the All-Mighty. I’m going to bow down my head in reverence to life, to my fellow human beings and, more than likely, shed a few tears down my cheeks.
My Christmas wish list follows:
· I wish for the next president of the United States to govern with integrity, ethics and personal responsibility toward the citizens of this country, to other citizens of other countries and to our fellow creatures on this planet.
· I wish for an end to the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. I hope our president pulls troops out of those two war torn countries and leaves other citizens of the world to solve their own issues.
· I wish for the next president of the United States to follow and honor the U.S. Constitution as it was written by James Madison, John Adams, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Hancock and all those intelligent men at the founding. I hope our own citizens vote in critical numbers to make sure that happens.
· I wish that our leaders move us toward a new energy source by advancing science via engagement of our best and brightest minds. I hope that we move away from oil and toward a sustainable future for all humanity.