This is a story that touched me as we prepare to celebrate Christmas. For all Christians, it is a time to be thankful for the birth of Baby Jesus. When I think of the birth, and then of the way that Jesus lived and then died on a cross, it almost makes me shutter with such a wonder in my heart as we look at each new baby born into our own family. The first glimpse of a new baby is full of wonder and joy.
Yet that wonder and joy don't stay the same, as years go by, the baby changes and goes through so many phases of their life journey. I look at my own children, and grandchildren, and now, two great-grandchildren and I could have no way predicted their journey or the choices they have made.
We are told from the Bible that Jesus lived his whole life free of sin. Also, we are told his father was a carpenter and taught his son this profession. It was not until a few years before Jesus was crucified that he went to a place to study and learn of his mission here on Earth.
Whatever your belief is, whatever you believe it to be true or not, it is true that the reason the Christian faith has not died is because it has continued to change lives. Opening one's heart to the teachings of Jesus sets an example of how to live on this Earth. It teaches that there is always hope, there is always forgiveness, always a time a person can start over without any explanation to another man. The person of Jesus is just that, a personal relationship. It is a relationship that I have given up on time and time again, only to realize when I hit bottom that the truths taught by Jesus still apply to my life today and that I don't have to keep suffering for my sins.
The following is a story that was sent to me many years ago and I want to share it with you this season.
Recently I overheard a father and daughter saying goodbye at an airport. The person on the intercom had announced the plane was ready for passengers to board. The father and his daughter hugged and he said, "I love you. I wish you enough."
She in turn said, "Daddy, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Daddy."
They kissed and she left. He walked over toward the window where I was seated. Standing there I could see he needed privacy, but he welcomed me in by asking, "Did you ever say goodbye?"
"Yes, I have," I replied.
"I am old and she lives much too far away. I have challenges ahead, and the reality is, I may not see her again."
"When you were saying goodbye, I heard you say, ‘I wish you enough.' May I ask what that means?"
He smiled, "That's a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone." He paused and said, "When we said, ‘I wish you enough,' we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them,", then he recited from memory:
"I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright. I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more. I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive. I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger. I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting. I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess. I wish you enough, ‘Hello's' to get you through the final ‘Goodbye'."
He walked away and said, "I wish you enough."
And so dear readers, I would like to say that with the present days that we live in, we all want too much. We all want more than enough. If only we could absorb this story into our hearts, I believe we would let the judgment, the criticism, the jealousy, the competition, and the evil go. That is what Jesus wanted for us. He wanted to teach us there is always a way to turn our lives around.
Have A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS
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