Pastor’s Reflection for December 11, 2016
People are asked what they want for Christmas. This article from the booklet, “One Bread, One Body” has an interesting answer.
One of the most famous (or infamous) Christmas songs is “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth.” Sadly, if that’s all you want that may be all you’ll get. I don’t know about you, but I want a lot more than some teeth:
- I want the sick cured, the dead raised, the leprous healed, and demons expelled (Mt 10:8).
- I want workers for the harvest (Mt 9:38) and the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven (Mt 6:10).
- I want a deep, totally committed relationship with Jesus, not only for me but also for every member of my family, my friends, and all of you.
- I want the baptism in the Spirit, the “streams of running water” (Is 30:25), for every believer in the world.
- I want world evangelism, repentance, conversion, sanctification, and healing.
- I want an end to war, starvation, abortion, racism, and injustice.
- I want Jesus’ Second Coming, the end of the world, and “new heavens and a new earth” (Rv 21:1).
- I want to see Jesus face to face (1 Cor 13:12).
That’s what I want for Christmas. And my heavenly Father says: “Is that all?”
Of course, it is the birthday of Jesus. What might He want for His birthday? In your prayer time, ask Jesus this question and see what He says. It may be an end to a particular behavior, getting more involved in a certain activity, more patience with a certain person, living more in trust of His care or whatever else He might say to you.
I will be available for confession this week on Tuesday, December 13, from 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.
God love you,