Advent Reflection: What Do You Want For Christmas?

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The Lord was pleased by Solomon’s request. So God said to him: “Because you asked for this—you did not ask for a long life for yourself, nor for riches, nor for the life of your enemies—but you asked for discernment to know what is right—I now do as you request. I give you a heart so wise and discerning that there has never been anyone like you until now, nor after you will there be anyone to equal you.

I Kings 3:10-12

What is your heart’s desire this Christmas?

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Going Deeper

Read I Kings 3:5-28.

What kind of gifts will be under your Christmas tree this year?

MyHeritage blog reports on the most popular kids’ Christmas gifts.

In 2013:

  1. Furby Boom
  2. Teksta Robotic Puppy
  3. LeapPad Ultra
  4. Flying Fairy
  5. Big Hugs Elmo
  6. Barbie Dream House
  7. Giggly Monkey
  8. Nerf Gun
  9. Ninja Turtles
  10. Lego

In 1913:

  1. Candy
  2. Nuts
  3. Rocking horse
  4. Doll
  5. Mittens/Gloves
  6. Toy Train
  7. Oranges
  8. Books
  9. Handkerchiefs
  10. Skates

The Washington Post shares this year’s Christmas wishes from kids around the world.  Ideas included an electric guitar, comic books, “I want all the dogs to love all the cats,” sneakers, a plastic dinosaur, a pet bunny, and “I want my parents to be friends again.”

If you could have anything for Christmas this year, what would you ask for? Would you like a new car, a bigger house, or an exotic vacation? Do you want harmony in your family, camaraderie in the workplace, and peace in the world? Do you strive for singleness of purpose, a rich and fruitful prayer life, guidance to live in God’s will, and strength to love God and your neighbor—even the one you find most irritating—unconditionally? Or, like Solomon, will you ask for “a listening heart” and the wisdom to “distinguish between good and evil”? Which of the items on your Christmas list would please the Lord? What can you do today to move one step closer to your greatest Christmas wish? (Hint: Prayer is always a good place to start!)

As you reflect on these questions, listen to “Grown-Up Christmas Wish.” There are many versions out there. Here are a few: Amy Grant, Michael Buble, and Kelly Clarkson.

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