“What Do You Want for Christmas?”
It’s that time of the year again and people are asking of others what they want for Christmas? Many of us remember the old holiday song in which a youngster does not ask for expensive gifts but only for “two front teeth”. Such an unusual request might just help remind us that the most precious gifts of Christmas are things which do not have a price tag. They are good gifts because they bring meaning and wholeness to our lives.
Having family and friends with which to share special times at Christmas is one such priceless gift. This can be a very lonely time of the year for those who have lost special loved ones who are no longer with them. This can be a difficult time for those serving our country in faraway lands. And these cold, long, dark days of December can be especially hard for those who have no place to call home at Christmas.
Into all these places we believe the great love of God appeared to us when God sent one like us, Jesus, into this world to be our Savior. This Savior came as a small baby, born in poverty, wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger. There was nothing impressive about the way He came into this world. Even then, “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him” (Isaiah 53:2) Yet, in this Christ Child the fullness of God was living and because of Him we have the most precious of gifts we can ever receive: our salvation.
So this Christmas, don’t ask for the expensive gifts which are soon forgotten, wear out, and need constant upgrading. No, sing this song the world can’t seem to sing: “All I want for Christmas is the Christ Child, who has brought God’s saving love for us.” This is the priceless gift to again ask for this Christmas. He alone brings life and salvation and in Him we find true happiness. God bless you and your loved ones. Have a Merry Christmas.
Pr. Jim Trutwin