I’ve been overwhelmed lately with the typical seasonal worries:  what to buy my loved ones (how to pay for all of it) and gift ideas to give my family for myself (when I don’t need a thing).  This afternoon, as I was sitting here stressing about all of this, I was also listening to my entire music on shuffle on shuffle – thousands of songs that could have been selected.  This song played, and I was reminded of how much I really love it (and needed it hear it).  I think it means more to me this year than it ever has, as I am so fortunate to have everything in the world that I could possibly need (and then some).  Additionally, I know many people who have lost loved ones this year, and my heart absolutely breaks for them.  I know several families whose lives have been torn apart by either a job loss or a disaster, and my heart aches for them.

So as we all find ourselves getting lost in the bustle of the holidays, regardless of what you believe, please remember that all of the toys, gifts, and disposable things are meaningless in the grand scheme of life.  Friends, family, peace, love, and happiness are what it’s all about – and the disposables don’t provide those things.

Please remember those who are hurting this year, and do something kind for a stranger.  It will make you feel so good.

Amy Grant – Grown Up Christmas List


Do you remember me?
I sat upon your knee
I wrote to you with childhood fantasies.

Well, I’m all grown-up now,
And still need help somehow
I’m not a child, but my heart still can dream.

So here’s my lifelong wish,
My grown-up Christmas list.
Not for myself, but for a world in need.

No more lives torn apart,
That wars would never start,
And time would heal all hearts.
And everyone would have a friend,
And right would always win,
And love would never end.
This is my grown-up Christmas list.

As children we believed
The grandest sight to see
Was something lovely wrapped beneath our tree
Well heaven surely knows
That packages and bows
Can never heal a hurting human soul.

No more lives torn apart,
That wars would never start,
And time would heal all hearts.
And everyone would have a friend,
And right would always win,
And love would never end.
This is my grown-up Christmas list.

What is this illusion called the innocence of youth?
Maybe only in our blind belief can we ever find the truth.

No more lives torn apart,
That wars would never start,
And time would heal all hearts.
And everyone would have a friend,
And right would always win,
And love would never end.
This is my grown-up Christmas list.

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