Grown-Up Christmas List

Disclaimer: With hope of personally refocusing myself on the peace of Christ this season, I’ve decided to create a Sunday night devotional that includes some of my favorite Christmas songs, followed by a short devotional. Each song will include lyrics, a youtube link for easy listening, a meditation/inward-seeking questions and a short personal reflection. My second-to-last song is: Grown-Up Christmas List.
Do you remember me?
I sat upon your knee.
I wrote to you with childhood fantasies.
Well, I’m all grown up now,
But still need help somehow.
I’m not a child but my heart still can dream.
So here’s my lifelong wish,
My grown-up Christmas list,
Not for myself, but for a world in need:
No more lives torn apart,
Then wars would never start,
And time would heal all hearts.
And every one would have a friend,
And right would always win,
And love would never end
This is my grown-up Christmas list.
As children we believed
The grandest sight to see
Was something lovely wrapped beneath the tree.
Well, heaven surely knows
That packages and bows
Can never heal a hurting human soul.
No more lives torn apart,
And wars would never start,
And time would heal all hearts.
And every one would have a friend,
And right would always win,
And love would never end
This is my grown-up Christmas list.
What is this illusion called, the innocence of youth?
Maybe only in our blind belief can we ever find the truth!
No more lives torn apart,
Then wars would never start,
And time would heal all hearts.
And every one would have a friend,
And right would always win,
And love would never end
This is my grown-up Christmas list.
This is my only lifelong wish,
This is my grown-up Christmas list!

Songwriters: Linda Thompson / David Foster
Grown-Up Christmas List lyrics © Peermusic Publishing, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

For easy listening – Amy Grant’s version – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmF2rsDHOZc


What wishes are on your grown-up Christmas list this Christmas?

Absorbing the message today about “Peace” at the Cloquet Vineyard, I realized something valid. I spend way too much time focusing on others (not always a bad thing) and how they are doing. And the reason that I do this is because I don’t think that I am enough. It is so easy to ask my friends and even the strangers I encounter each day at work, how they are doing, as long as they don’t reverse the question on me.

It would be so easy, this Christmas, to replicate this grown-up Christmas list, and wish that people would have compassion for each other, or that there would be world peace. Those are great Christmas wishes, but are they want I truly want? This last week before Christmas, as you hustle and bustle around fulfilling the wishes of everyone you meet, take a moment for yourself and write a list of what you truly want for Christmas. So I’ll ask one more time:

What wishes are on your grown-up Christmas list, this Christmas?

Sometimes we need to believe in the Magic of Christmas for ourselves. Because we too are enough.

My grown-up Christmas list:

  • An all-expense, worry-free, peace and adventure-filled trip to England, Scotland, and Wales.
  • An incredibly, generous scholarship to the seminary of my dreams.
  • Some Spiritual mentors.
  • Deep human connection (preferably in the form of a Jesus-loving, handsome male suitor).
  • A puppy! and money to pay for said puppy! (Maybe a golden retriever/german shepherd mix? or a golden-doodle?)
  • Horses!
  • The ability to write my memories and experiences in an alluring and enticing way, that changes the way my readers live and love.
  • A masseuse (which can come in the form of the handsome male suitor).
  • Focus, faith, passion, and presence on/of God in my life, and the lives of those I encounter.
  • A year of absorbing what it is to be “Beloved”. (My 2018 word of the year.)

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