The year I lost my two front teeth some of the kids at church laughed and sang the song “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth”. I don’t remember if I got my wish, pretty sure I didn’t!
The year I turned 10 all I wanted was a “Bride Doll” and a diary that had 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. We moved to Atlanta, my family with my mother’s two brothers and their families and we all lived under one roof, twelve of us, in a house with one bathroom! Who cares? We had lots of laughter!
The year I was going to turn 21 my dearest friend and aunt had an automobile collision on the eighteenth of December that was nearly fatal. All I wanted was for her to live and when the doctors said she would never walk again, I wanted her to be able to walk. That is also the year I felt real grown-up love for someone and no matter what life brings, it is something that you never forget, and most important, 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 with the doctors saying the bones were too crushed and that one leg was measuring more than an inch shorter than the other, she was in a body cast from the waist down. I had one of my dreams and “saw” her up and walking wearing red high-heeled shoes over the casts! I told her about the dream because I knew it meant she would be healed. It wasn’t long before the doctors put “boots” on the feet of her 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. She was released from the hospital, and by the time my 22nd birthday came she was pregnant with her daughter!
I married one week before my 23rd birthday and from that marriage two most wonderful children were born and now I have two grandchildren.
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 period of our life.
There are times that I would rather forget than remember and if there are things you would rather forget, look to this scripture: Psalm 103: 12 He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.
So to answer a question someone asked of me tonight, what do I want for my Christmas/Birthday this year?
I want to experience honest, stomach hurting laughter, feel love that isn’t conditional, and be with people that 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.
Finally, 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 by giving you my wish in 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.” Merry Christmas!