Tear with a Christmas tree inside

It was a Blue Christmas for me while listening to Christmas music on my cassette recorder. All my thoughts and feelings were in a minor key. There I was, alone swinging in my indoor hammock except for the rafter cockroaches and annoying mosquitoes. It was my first Christmas to be alone, and I was in a foreign country, Bolivia, as a Student Missionary. It was hot and humid. Plus, I had a miserable cold. I knew my clan was enjoying food, fellowship, and snow in Canada at grandma's house to add insult to injury. I swung back and forth, wishing I was home for Christmas. Poor me.  

Have you noticed how many Christmas songs are filled with wishful thinking? Here are some examples:

  • I'll be home for Christmas
  • I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
  • All I want is my two front teach
  • I wish you a Merry Christmas
  • I wish you were here
  • Baby, please come home
  • Someday all our dreams will come to be
  • Someday soon, we all will be together
  • "Oh, that we could always see such spirit through the year."
  • When you wish on a star

At Christ's birth, the Jews wished for a Messiah. During the Christmas season, two individuals don't get much recognition who hoped for the Messiah: Simeon the Righteous and Anna the Prophetess. It is written of Simeon but could also be of Anna, "He (she) waiting for the consolation of Israel." Then it happened, Joseph and Mary brought baby Jesus to the temple. When Anna saw Jesus, she gave thanks to God. Simeon said, "For my eyes have seen your salvation."  

So here I am again, another Christmas season. This year I am not alone. My thoughts and feelings are all major keys. Yet, I have a wish. I wish on a Star, a Morning Star. Like Simeon and Anna, I hope to see the Messiah. But this time coming as the King of kings and Lord of lords.

I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.