Don’t Forget to Wish For the Best

Reflecting back over my life as H-Icon_Ch13_ChaliceChristmas and 2016 approaches, my mind went back when I was much younger living at my parents home as a child with my sister. I remember playing Christmas music on the phonograph and enjoying the decorations. I also remembered my excitement and the anticipation, but before that, we couldn’t wait until the Sears Wish Book would come in the mail. The first Sears Wish Book was printed in 1933. (I don’t remember that. I looked it up.) Over time it has diminished in size and was even discontinued at one point. It was revived in 2007, but the one I saw was nothing in size compared to the books I remember from my youth. Children today don’t really need one. They have the Internet and their high tech toys to cruise the information highway to identify their holiday “wants.” Because of that, Sears went to an online version now and only print a hard copy in Canada. “Back in the day,” the Sears Wish Book helped us answer the seasonal question: “If you could have anything for Christmas, what would you ask for?”

Every year my sister and I would look through the catalog and either dog-ear a page or circle our choices in pen. We didn’t want Santa to miss our requests.

You may not need the Sears Wish Book today, but you have some wishes too, don’t you? So for Christmas this year, how would you answer the question, “If you could have one thing in the world, what would it be?”

Solomon had to answer that one. He asked for wisdom. And God gave it to him. But by the end of his life he had accumulated more and more: more gold, more horses, more wives. He had it all and wanted more. In the midst of all these gifts he lost sight of the Giver. He turned away from God and lost it all.

Another King gave us another path to follow. He had it all and gave it all . . . for us. In the Christmas season, or any season for that matter, you can guard yourself from the tyranny of too much stuff by giving. Simply give so that others can simply live. That’s what the King born as a baby in the manger did.

And my wish? That you visit the manger and find him.

Pastor's BlogRick Stuhmer