The year I lost my two front teeth, I remember some of the kids at church laughing and singing the song “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth”. Don’t remember if I got my wish. The year I turned 10 all I wanted was a “Bride Doll” and a diary, with a lock and a key. I don’t remember what secrets I intended to lock inside that pink “leather” diary, but I was never so proud of anything as I was of those two gifts.
The year I turned 16 all I wanted was a place for our family to live, because we had just moved into Atlanta and there were twelve of us that needed shelter.
The year I turned 21 my dearest friend, my aunt who was only fifteen-months older than I, had an automobile collision that was nearly fatal, and I wanted her to live; when the doctors said she would never walk again, I wanted her to be able to walk.
That was the year I felt real grown-up love and no matter what life brings, it is something that I will never forget, and then on December 31, I received the full experience of the Holy Ghost in my life. I got my wish as God healed my Aunt’s legs against all odds because the bones were too crushed and one leg measured more than an inch shorter than the other one. She was in a body cast from the waist down when I had one of my visions and “saw” her up and walking on those casts. I told her about the vision because I knew that it meant she would be completely healed. It wasn’t long before the doctors put “boots” on the bottom of her foot casts and she bravely got up and learned to walk on those casted legs so that she could cook and care for her husband and small son. My heart was broken as my new love left, going over seas during the time of the Viet Nam war, but my Aunt came out of the hospital!
The next year on my 22 birthday, she was pregnant with her daughter!
So what do I want for my birthday now? My flesh would ask for a “time machine” to go back and visit some of those “birthdays past”. That won’t happen, but as long as we have the gift of memory, we can visit any time of our life. There are times that I would rather forget than remember, and if there are things you would rather forget, look to the scripture: Psalm 103: 12 “He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.”
So what do I want for Christmas birthday this year? I want to see honest stomach hurting laughter, love that isn’t conditional, and people who live their lives with truth.
A scripture that sums up how I feel is a description of God’s own emotion:Proverbs 6:16-19 “There are six things the Lord hates—no, seven things he detests: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family.”
I want to be the best person I can be, so my birthday wish would be: Psalm 139:23-24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
I close with the words of a song: “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me, let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be, with God as our Father, brothers all are we, let me walk with my brother in perfect harmony.”