My dad tells a story of being a little boy who was very excited one particular Christmas.
For weeks, he let it be known that he desperately wanted a cowboy suit! Any little boy in the 30’s and 40’s was often found at a Saturday matinee taking in the latest western flick as they watched Tom Mix, Roy Rogers and Gene Autry gallop across the stage.
They would spend the rest of the week in make believe shootouts as they defended their community against the dreaded Indian raids or outlaws who threatened to rob the bank and run the sheriff out of town.
After weeks of anticipation, Christmas day arrived and so did the delight on a little boys face to open this gift that most certainly appeared to be a costume of some type!
With great excitement, he ripped into his gift and there it was!
An Indian suit?! What?!
Santa was confused or mom didn’t get the memo right! How could this be?
Finally the truth came out. Since his mother couldn’t seem to find a cowboy suit for him, she decided maybe he would like an Indian suit just as well.
Can anyone say the word, “disappointment?”
I think we have all been there and especially when our expectations are high, such as around the holidays.
Many a love struck young woman will not get the proposal she is hoping for. Many a young man, will not get the “yes”, that he thought a ring would bring.
Many a festive feast will turn into an argument or the embarrassment of an uncle who drank too much wine.
Layoffs, bills, taxes and stress will continue to plague despite the fact that Christmas goes on all around us.
Many a marriage will still struggle no matter what gifts are given and received.
Norman Rockwell won’t show up and Currier and Ives have journeyed on in their sleigh to the house at “Never Never Land”.
Hallmark found its actors and we weren’t given any part.
If we are not careful, we can find ourselves giving into depression and despair as we realize that once again, we cannot seem to find the ‘perfect’ Christmas.
If we are not careful we will forget that this one gift was given to all mankind that promises to deliver a hope that is eternal and everlasting like a smile that never ends and a joy that can’t be stopped.
If we are not careful we will forget that this life and this world are very temporary and there is a new one that is coming where we will never be disappointed again.
Every relationship will be made right. Every injustice will be vindicated. Every tear will be dried. Sadness and sorrow will be no more and with them disappointment will be a thing of the past.
We have a Savior who came for the Indians and the cowboys as well. He came for drunk uncles and the families who fight.
He came for the broken hearted.
He came to fulfill every expectation that this world never could.
He came for you. He came for me.
“Come, thou long expected Jesus,
born to set thy people free;
from our fears and sins release us,
let us find our rest in thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation,
hope of all the earth thou art;
dear desire of every nation,
joy of every longing heart.”
Merry, merry Christmas to all!