My two front teeth?

We have been practicing an old song, “All I want for Christmas is my two from teeth” which we will play at the church Christmas Concert and it made me remember that the year I lost my two front teeth some of the kids at church laughing and singing that song to me. I 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. The year I turned 21 my dearest friend and aunt had an automobile collision that was near fatal, and I wanted her to live and when the doctors said she would never walk again, I wanted her to be able to walk. That is the year I felt real grown-up love for someone and no matter what life brings that first love is something you can never forget. That was also the year I received the full experience of the Holy Ghost in my life and God healed my Aunt’s legs against all odds and on my 22nd birthday she was pregnant with her daughter! I married one week before my 23rd birthday and from that marriage had two most wonderful children and now two grandchildren with two more on the way by springtime! So what do I want for my birthday now? If I can’t have a “time machine” to go back and visit some of those birthdays past I pray I keep my good memory so I can visit some of those times. 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 experience honest stomach hurting laughter, love that isn’t conditional, and 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.   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.” Merry Christmas!

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