I just want us all to be happy…
Christmas is over. The tree and decorations are tucked away until next year. We are anticipating wonderful things for our family in 2011. All is well.
As I reflect on Christmas, I remember as a child asking Mom and Dad year after year what they wanted for Christmas. Their response was always the same. “I don’t need a thing,” or “I have everything I could want,” or “Don’t spend any money on me,” or “I just want us all to be happy.” I couldn’t imagine how anyone could say, “I have everything I could want.” I, of course, always had a long list of items I hoped would be under the tree. A pink Barbie convertible, an Easy Bake oven, a snow-cone machine, a troll doll, a bike, a jean-jacket, and on and on and on. When it came time to unwrap the gifts, I was never disappointed.
Now, I’m the mom. When my children ask me what I want for Christmas or my birthday or Mother’s Day, I hear myself saying, “I don’t need a thing,” or “Don’t spend any money on me,” or “I just want us all to be happy.” I understand now. There’s nothing I need, and I no longer have a list of things I hope to find under a tree.
Instead, as a mom, here’s my list. More than anything, for Christine, David, Taylor, Hunter, Reagan, Jessica, Brad, Braden, Emma, Daniel, Lisa, Lillian, Wilson, Anna, and Stephen:
· I pray for them to fulfill the purposes and calling of God on their lives.
· I pray for them to have all of their needs met.
· I pray for them to enjoy each other.
· I pray for them to be healthy in their body, mind and spirit.
· I pray for them to “go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”
· I pray for their homes to be filled with happy children who love Jesus.
· I pray for them to love people.
· I pray for them to always walk in the truth.
· I pray for them to be full of peace and free from fear and oppression.
· I pray for them to have good friends and be good friends.
· I pray for them to be delivered from evil.
· I pray for them to walk in favor with God and man.
· I pray that they will listen for, hear, and obey the voice of God.
· I pray that they will have divine protection every day of their lives.
· I pray for them to be generous givers.
So, I have everything I need, and like moms everywhere, “I just want us all to be happy.” And we are.