What I Really Want for Christmas!
Though I carry “The Reverend” in front of my name, I can be just as materialistic as the next person. Therefore it would be easy for me to generate a long list of things one could purchase for me. So if you’re looking to buy your pastor a nice gift, just let me know!
But I’ve been thinking about what I really want for Christmas. What I really want is to spend the day with people I care about and those who care about me. I want a day that I know that those I love the most are happy and joyful. I want a day in which the peace of God is overwhelming, within me and around me. I want to stroll the streets in our neighborhood and know that no one is homeless or hungry. I want every child to wake up in a home where they are safe, secure, and loved. These are just some of the things I really want this Christmas.
Since Advent is the season of preparation for Christmas, I’ve been asking myself the question, “What are you doing to prepare so that such a day is possible?” It’s one thing to want something, but it is quite another to take actions that help you fulfill your deepest desires.
When I contemplate the birth of Christ and all that it represents, it reminds me of what matters most. Thankfully, Advent gives me the sacred space to consider what I will change so that together we can realize those things in our lives.