Saturday, November 14, 2009

The Greatest Gift of All

A little boy and girl were singing their favorite carol in church the Sunday before Christmas. The boy concluded "Silent Night" with the words, "Sleep in heavenly beans."

"No," his sister corrected, "not beans. Peas."

The story reminds me of the wonderful and hectic holiday season many of us are approaching soon.

Dave Garroway was, for many years, the host of the TODAY show on NBC television. Someone once asked him about his understanding of Christmas. He replied: "I've noticed that when people are asked what they want for Christmas, nine times out of ten, they answer with something material. That used to be amusing to me, but it's not amusing to me any longer. I happen to be one of those people who can afford anything he wants, but I find what I really want, I can't buy at all. I want peace of mind, peace of soul; the kind of peace you have when you don't really want anything."

What a tremendous feeling of peace - to not want anything. At least anything that money can buy.

What do you want for Christmas? Or if you don’t celebrate Christmas, what do you want for your life. For your world? It might be one of those things you'll never find in a store or gift-wrapped under a tree.

What I want most can best be summed up in words like “faith” and “hope” and “love.”

For myself, I want faith. Faith enough to see light in even the bleakest of situations. Faith enough to believe that goodness will prevail in the end.

For my loved ones I want hope. Abundant hope. Hope in tomorrow. A hope that helps them believe that better times lay ahead so they can take that next step.

For my world I want love. And I believe that the solutions to most of our biggest problems will only be found when we decide that we are indeed one family. The problems of war, health care, crime in city streets, immigration and unemployment take on a different hue when I am talking about my brothers and sisters whom I love dearly.

Do you also want things you can’t buy? What if we all decided to go after the things this year that truly matter? That can be the greatest gift of all.

-- Steve Goodier


Anonymous said...

How true..No wonder I cant think of what I really want., Because the things i want can't be bought..SO VERY TRUE! I am at that place : )

Unknown said...

You always write such timely and true messages. Often at just the right moment to convey a message that I need to hear. I have all of your books and, since I do the devotional at my garden club each month, I read parts of your messages each time. I always give you credit, of course! They are always impressed by what they are hearing!! Thanks, I like the way your mind works!

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