By Steve Goodier
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 do YOU want for Christmas? Or if you don't celebrate
Christmas, what do you want for your life. For your world?
For me, what I want cannot be bought or gift wrapped. What I want
most can best be summed up in words like "faith" and "hope" and
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 those things this year that truly
matter? That could be the greatest gift of all.
Steve Goodier Publisher@LifeSupportSystem.com
is a professional
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