A group of very bright students were asked to make a list of what they considered to be the contemporary Seven Wonders of the World. After much discussion and disagreement, the students were asked to write down their individual choices and pass them to the front of the class.
Once the papers were collected the teacher tallied up the list and wrote on the board the responses that had gotten the most votes:
- Egypt’s Great Pyramids Taj Mahal
- Grand Canyon
- Stonehenge Empire State Building
- St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome The Great Wall of China
Everyone was excited about the list except for one student who was sitting at the back of the classroom and who remained extremely quiet. She hadn’t even turned in a paper.
The teacher asked, “Are you having trouble with your list?”
The girl quietly answered, “Yes, I am having a little trouble – I couldn’t quite make up my mind because there were so many great wonders!”
The teachers said, “Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help.” The girl hesitated, but then slowly and quietly began to read her version of the Seven Wonders of the World:
- To see
- To hear
- To touch
- To taste
- To feel
- To laugh
- To love
Instead of just marvelling at these simple, yet real wonders, let us not take even the simplest things for granted. In our lives, we tend to often overlook the many things that bring us blessings, big and small – a smile, joy, happiness, and friendship. Friendship, however, does require a bit of work, as it is built on many shared moments and the memory of these. We all know that good friends not only spend time with each other, but, that they also know each other quite well and truly care for one another. Do we know who Christ is? Do we know what He is like and what He likes? Could it be that He wanted us to get to know Him better? Could that be one of the reasons He came to the world? Of course! Jesus wanted to become one of us in order to see, to hear, to touch, to taste, to feel, to laugh, and to love as we do, but more importantly, to forgive, to heal and to redeem us, so that we will get to know Him, and know Him well.
The Advent season is a time of preparation for the coming of Christ into our hearts and into our lives. Thus, during this Advent season, let us challenge ourselves to learn to appreciate Christ more and allow Him to share His life with us by welcoming Him into our hearts and into our lives, thereby sharing our lives with Him.