Christmas is often described as a magical time of year when the unexpected may, and often does, happen. In that spirit, here are five Christmas wishes that would be great to see become reality. 1) With Jerusalem in the headline news lately, that city where Jesus Christ once walked and talked, wouldn't it be a [...]

Christmas is often described as a magical time of year when the unexpected may, and often does, happen. In that spirit, here are five Christmas wishes that would be great to see become reality.
1) With Jerusalem in the headline news lately, that city where Jesus Christ once walked and talked, wouldn't it be a wonderful Christmas present if all of us, Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike, would quit fighting over this sacred ground? As Steve Earle sings in his song, 'Jerusalem,' 'I believe that one fine day all the children of Abraham / Will lay down their swords forever in Jerusalem.' So do I.
2) Let it rain, let it rain, or let it snow. It has been dry around here lately. We certainly don't want to reach the point of California, with its widespread fires threatening hearth and home. For the last three months (September, October, and November), Pratt County received only 2.95 inches of moisture, which is slightly more than half of the average rainfall of 5.84 inches for this same period. A good rain (or snow) would settle the dust around the county and also help the local wheat crop considerably. Keep praying
3) A wish for more love at home. Christmas can be a stressful time for many, as overspending on gifts sometimes leads to contention inside the home when the bills come due, or otherwise money runs short to buy presents. My wish is for the spirit of Christmas (aka the Spirit of Christ) to enter into our homes and fill them with love and kindness. That would be a wonderful gift for each member of any family.
4) Soldiers return home for the holidays due to wars all ending. Many members of the military serve our country in places far away from their loved ones. Wouldn't it be wonderful if there was no reason for these brave men and women to be on foreign soil but rather all could return home to be with their families for the Christmas holiday season? Yes, it's magical thinking, but it certainly is a nice idea.

5) Twitter pulls the plug on President Trump's Twitter account. Wouldn't that be a great gift to the entire world, which would go a long way to promoting peace? Perhaps the best advice any of us can follow is summed up on a T-shirt I saw recently: 'Do me a favor and stop talking.'

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.