Last week my husband and I took our daughter for a private breakfast with Santa and Ms. Claus where she whispered her Christmas wishes to Santa. It was a fun day and will always be a wonderful memory when I think of her sweet face as she hugged him and looked at his gold key that “opens doors for children that does not have chimneys” ….
I have always wondered how he came in if there was not a chimney and now I know! Later in the week she innocently asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I paused a minute because I wasn’t sure what I should say. The truth is that what I want for Christmas can’t be made in Santa’s workshop or even bought at Saks or Tiffany’s.
My wish this Christmas can only come through Jesus. For Christmas I want peace, hope and love. That may sound cliché. I know that it does. I have had many Christmas’ that my list was long with material possessions and many Christmas’ that I received everything on my list and then some. But at this time in my life I can’t think of anything that I need or even want that can be bought. Over the past several years I have experienced so much heartache and sadness. There have been moments that I was not sure that I could bring myself to move forward. I would feel paralyzed with fear and hopelessness. I would have moments that I loved so deeply to have it turn to uncontrollable anger in a matter of seconds. Therefore, my Christmas wish is to have peace, hope and love.
Peace– freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility; cessation of war.
We have seasons in our life where we are in spiritual battle or that life is generally upside down. Turn on the news and we see death and destruction everywhere. I wish for peace. Peace that only God can bring. Peace that will allow me to sleep through the night. God desires for us to have that peace. (Proverbs 17:1- Better a dry crust eaten in peace that a house filled with feasting and conflict.) God does not want us to live in a constant state of conflict. He tells us how to obtain peace. To stay focused on Him. To not dwell on the disturbance and the conflict, but to trust him. (Isaiah 26:3-You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you.) I wish for peace for myself, for my loved ones and to all reading this today.
Hope– a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen; a feeling of trust.
Hope is not just a desire, but also an expectation for that desire to come to pass. To trust that it WILL happen. Everyone faces trials during their life. We all have situations that arise that we would rather not have happen. To be hopeless during those times is one of the worst feelings. But we do have hope. We have hope in Christ. (Psalm 39:7- where do I put my hope? My hope is in you God.) (Proverbs 23:18- you will be rewarded for this, your hope will not be disappointed.) If we place our hope in people or this world we will find disappointment, but if we put our hope in God, he will never fail us. So I wish for hope. To have hope in situations that were I am physically not seeing change. To have hope that God will take impossible situations and make them shine for His glory. To have hope that chains will be broken and the prodigals will return home.
Love- Webster Dictionary defines love as a feeling of strong or constant affection.
Agape Love– a selfless, sacrificial, unconditional love.
Agape love involves faithfulness, commitment and is an act of will. It does not allow feelings to determine love, but chooses to love out of intentional will and faithfulness. This is the love that God showed for us by sending His son to the earth to pay for our sins and this is the type of love that he ask of us toward others. Love is easy when emotions are running high and all is going well. But Agape love says I will love you on the ugly days as well as the pretty days. I will stand by you in love regardless of the situation. (1 Peter 4:8- Most important, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.) (Jeremiah 31:3- “I have loved you with an everlasting love.With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.) (1 John 4:10- This is real love- not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.) Therefore, I wish for love. To be able to give unconditional love when it’s difficult to give. To love on the bad days as well as the good days. To see others through the eyes of Christ, so that when my emotions push me to be angry, my spirit will help me to act in love.
My Christmas wish is to have peace, hope and love and to be able to share it with other.
I pray that you and your families have a blessed Christmas and that the love of God surrounds you and warms your hearts.