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Three Wishes

By Chuck Griffin
Holston WCA Chair

This time of year, people talk about “Christmas magic” and “Christmas wishes.” All this made me think about how I would use three wishes, assuming some sort of magical being came along and offered them to me.

Wish no. 1: I would like to be a witness to Jesus’ conception. The first chapter of Luke tells us this event was miraculous in the deepest sense of the word, with God’s Spirit intervening in the normal course of human events and placing a baby in the young virgin, Mary. Somehow, divinity mixed with her DNA.

As a witness, I might not see much at all—perhaps just a slight swoon or a smile of joy on Mary’s face as she senses new life within her. But the whole point of witnessing the moment would be to see no human cause for her pregnancy. This is God’s most subtle miracle.

Wish no. 2: In this season, I’ll bet some of you are expecting me to say, “Witness the birth of Jesus.” That’s a beautiful idea, but I’m limited to three wishes. Understanding all that the virginal conception implies, I think I would next wish to witness the resurrection. If I were to see the guards collapse, the stone roll back and the crucifixion-scarred Jesus step forth, all the teachings and miracles between Christ’s conception and resurrection would seem powerfully real to me, as if I had witnessed them, too.

Wish no. 3: I would ask for a glimpse of something I expect to see anyway, either in this life or as part of a “great cloud of witnesses.” I would like to see Jesus with his hair all wooly and white, the fiery-eyed Messiah in gleaming robe and golden sash, as he comes to rule forever, destroying sin and death for good. Such a vision would serve as a constant reminder of how every moment should move us toward holiness, preparing us for the world as God intends it to be.

There are no magic Christmas genies, of course. Christians rely on faith, living as those who “have not seen and yet have come to believe.” The good news is that the Holy Spirit bolsters our faith, witnessing to our spirits as we read the Bible. With enough faith and scriptural guidance, we find our lives transformed by the truth of who Christ is, no magical wishes required.

Blessings on all of you, and Merry Christmas!

© Charles W. Griffin III, 2019

Tri-Cities: Learn More About WCA

The board of the Holston WCA meets Saturday, Dec. 7, in Jonesborough, Tenn., and that afternoon there will be an opportunity for people interested in the work of the WCA to learn more.

If you have joined or are considering joining the WCA as an individual or a church, stop by the Jonesborough Visitors Center Dec. 7 about 1:30 p.m. Board members will do their best to answer your questions about the future of Methodism in our area.

The Visitors Center is located at 117 Boone Street, Jonesborough, Tenn. 37659. You also can contact Chuck Griffin, board chair, at