2021 has been challenging, but if we think back, we have experienced hard years before and lived to tell the tale. I want to express that even with events, tragedies, and so many feeling the pain of illness, loss of loved ones, changes in relationships, and financial woes, we still find ways to see good things, heroes showing up out of the blue, solutions coming from unexpected sources, and healing when everything seemed lost. Life is not always easy and unfortunately, we will experience so many of these hardships. We will also experience love, kindness, and charity and most importantly, we can experience forgiveness and grace from Our Savior, the reason for the season. Merry Christmas to all of you with a prayer for peace and comfort and a lot of joy.
WHAT DID YOU WISH FOR THIS YEAR? As the gift giving and receiving season is here, I had a thought about what we wish for? A new car? A new piece of jewelry? A new wardrobe? Or did you wish for world peace, love, charitable means or having the time to volunteer for the down trodden? Did you wish for our military’s safety and ability to come home and rejoin their families? Or did you wish for nothing for yourself and wish for others’ wishes to come true? Today, let us consider what we truly should be wishing for whether it be for Christmas, birthday, or anniversary.
According to Google Dictionary, the definition of WISH is the following: wishverb
- feel or express a strong desire or hope for something that is not easily attainable; want something that cannot or probably will not happen. “we wished for peace” synonyms: desire, want, hope for, covet, dream of, long for, yearn for, crave, hunger for, lust after;More
- a desire or hope for something to happen. “the union has reiterated its wish for an agreement” synonyms: desire, longing, yearning, inclination, urge, whim, craving, hunger; As I looked over the definitions and it gave me pause for thought. I began to think wishing for things doesn’t necessarily mean we wish for good outcomes. I looked at the meaning of the verb and the covet, lust after, meanings hit me in the face. So wishing might be used for selfish and ungodly purposes. Hmm? Did that cause you to think a little more about what we are wishing for?
- When I took a step back from my wish list, I wanted to re-think my wishes: Yes, I hope and wish for peace not only for our world but inner peace. When I was young and foolish, I welcomed confrontation. Now, I don’t like confrontation at all. I love peaceful moments and sharing positive thoughts instead of concentrating on things over which I have no control. I think I have received my wish of inner peace and maybe I should wish it grow stronger as years go by. Yes, I wish for prosperity and could say I desire a feeling of security as I age. When I was younger I wanted to be wealthy and I find I have accomplished success. But when I refer to wealthy and success, I find my definition of both of those words have dramatically changed. I want to be rich in my faith and soul. I want to be successful in my relationship, my family environment, and above all, I want the mansion in the heavens, but I will settle for a tent in Heaven. (see poem below that I wrote about this very topic. Yes, I wish for good health but again I wish and pray for others more than myself since God will bless us as we wish for a closer walk with Him and once we figure out the more we help others who are struggling, our inner strength and faith heals our being.
- ***************** ******************************************* I will finish this blog message on a positive note. I have wished and hoped for many things, but this year I want to wish for something not to be given. I wish for hate to disappear in all forms. I wish for rudeness to become extinct. I wish for selfishness and greed to convert to charitable thoughts and deeds as well as a uniting of spirits for the betterment of ALL mankind and womankind. These are my Wishlist items this year and hopefully God is listening. LIVE LIFE; LOVE LIFE; AND LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST by giving the most and asking the least for ourselves.
- Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for all of my readers.
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