by Jeff Schreve

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The Cry of My Heart (1 of 4)
Series: All I Want For Christmas
Pastor Jeff Schreve
Luke 1:5-7

Well, the year was 1944. Don Gardner was an elementary school music teacher. He was working in Smithtown, New York. And he asked his students, his second grade students, he said, "Hey, what do you want for Christmas?" And they began to give him answers. And he noticed with almost every kid in that second grade class they were missing at least one front tooth. And so, when they'd give the answer of what they wanted from, for Christmas, he said almost all of them list, you know, back an answer because they were missing a, a tooth there and it affected the way they spoke.

And in a moment of silly inspiration, he had an idea for a song. And he wrote it down and it only took him 30 minutes. He wrote down these words: "All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth, my two front teeth, see, my two front teeth. Gee, if I could only have my two front teeth, then I could wish you Merry Christmas." And it had some other verses. And perhaps you've heard that song.

Well, he didn't think anything about it. But then, he would share it at little music conferences that he went to, and someone said, "Wow, that's an awesome little Christmas song." And there was a group called……. What were they called? I wrote it down here. Spike Jones and his City Slickers. Anybody ever heard of them? I haven't. You're old if you've heard of Spike Jones and the City Slickers. Sorry. But they, they, they performed that song in 1948 and it went to the top of the charts, "All I Want for Christmas."

Now we're starting a new series getting ready for the Christmas season, and we're starting a new series simply entitled, "All I Want for Christmas." And I want you to think about what you really, really, really want for Christmas. I mean, a deep down desire, a deep down want, a deep down need this Christmas. I'm not talking about, "Well, you know, I'd love to get this new video game. I'd love to ge ...

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