Crazy For Christmas- Hippo

Last Year’s Song

Each year it seems that a different Christmas song resonates with my heart. Most of the time, it’s a very spiritual song with some deep truth which speaks to the very core of my soul.

Last year was no different… kind of.  The song that drilled so deeply into my heart last Christmas was… wait for it… wait for it…

“I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas” performed by Gayla Peevey! It touched me somewhere deep down inside and I just couldnt stop listening to it. Literally, I don’t think I can count how many times I listened to it last Christmas. I got it way down deep in my soul.

Who Asks For A Hippo?

It goes beyond the hypnotic grasp of the young lady’s voice as she belts it out… There is something about the song that challenges my faith. I mean, who asks for a hippo for Christmas and won’t let up?

That’s crazy. That’s crazy faith.  I mean, that’s as crazy as believing that a perfect God would send His perfect Son to come to earth as a baby… let that Son grow up to live a perfect life, never making one mistake… and then let cruel people execute His perfect Son to pay for my crimes against this perfect God. I mean, who would believe that? Me!

And if I’ll believe Him for something so outrageous as that, what makes me think that He wouldn’t listen when I believe in His love and ask Him for something far simpler?

Or maybe a better question is… Why am I not willing to ask God for outrageous blessings when He has proven His love so deeply?  He’s not holding out on us. He wants to bless us. And when our hearts beat in sync with His, I don’t believe there is anything we could ask for that He wouldn’t give… even a hippo!

So let’s get crazy for Christmas… crazy with our faith. Just go ahead and ask.


Author: Allen Chapin

- Christian, husband, dad, friend, leader, author and speaker - Life Purpose = Love & Encourage, Offering Grace & Hope - Life Motto = Living for the applause of nail-scarred hands - Life Verse = Matthew 25:21

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