The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners; – Isaiah 61:1 NASB
As I go about the business of my daily routine and pre-Christmas rituals, I often listen to Christmas music. One of my favorite Christmas songs, even though it puts me in a melancholy mood when I hear it is the song “Grown-up Christmas List”, written by David Foster & Linda Thompson Jenner. As I hear Amy Grant sing the words, my own thoughts echo the chorus as I think “This too, is all I really want for Christmas.”
Here’s the “grown-up” Christmas list as written for the chorus:
No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
And time would heal all hearts.
Everyone would have a friend
And right would always win
And love would never end.
Some people may call me an idealist. I was told by my personal coach just this past summer that I wanted to have it all. I know I do and I know that I can’t have it all. It frustrates me that I can’t, but yet I press on. However, someday we will have it all. Jesus came to earth so that we could. Because He came to earth the first time, we have an opportunity for salvation, an eternal existence in heaven and access to the comfort on earth that only He can provide. Because He will come to earth a second time, we will see an end to all wars and Good triumph over Evil for the final time.
Maybe we can’t have it all here on earth now, but we will someday. God’s Word says it is so. In the meantime, let’s do the best we can appreciate what we do have in this imperfect world.