John 15:7 – If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be given you.
My 11 year old daughter has her Christmas list sorted by category, and colour-coded for degree of desire or need.
The farmers in my congregations are wishing for a few nights of good, hard frost to set the clay in their fields. They would like to finish their corn harvest before Christmas. It has been a tough year for many of them.
A little girl, almost three, is desperately ill after chemotherapy. Her parents are wishing for a recovery just long enough to take her and her sisters on a trip after Christmas. The trip is being arranged by the "Children's Wish Foundation". It's doubtful there will be more treatment after Christmas. She may not see her third birthday.
My daughter knows she won't get everything, but she can count on two or three of her wishes coming true. Her mother and I will see to that. I wish I could make these other wishes come true.
The farmers already know that they can't count on their wish coming true, but they still hope. Farmers do a lot of hoping!
What about the little girl? Her parents have such strength! They live in hope for Christmas, while taking things one day at a time. They know what now seems inevitable.
What's on your Christmas list? What's your wish?
Prayer: Loving God, I offer you all my Christmas wishes. Sort them out. Do with them as you will. Help me be thankful for the gift of Christmas itself. Amen.