Superman, Santa Claus, and Jesus

In 1983 I was given DC Comics Presents #67 as a Christmas present from my parents. I was 6 years old but I still remember it vividly, rolled up and stuffed into my stocking (I also got the He-Man Attak Trak that year, but that was from Santa, not my parents). I loved this comic book and read it over and over again. I think it may have been my very first comic book. I lost my copy somewhere along the way. Maybe it just wore out and got thrown away or maybe it was misplaced in all the moving that we did growing up but I am happy to say that I found a like new copy of this prized childhood memory at Half-Price Books a couple of years ago.

I’m thankful for parents who loved me and gave me great Christmas memories. I just re-read this comic book and it was like the Christmas of 1983 came back all over again. As dumb as it may sound, the story of Superman teaming up with Santa Claus is delightful. I felt like a 6-year-old all over again and it just reminded me that imagination is one the greatest gifts God gave us. I’m of the mind that any adult would benefit seeing the world again through the eyes of the child. Maybe all of us ought to be assigned a 6-year-old to help us see how wild and beautiful the world is around us. A 6-year-old sees adventure and wonder in what would be just an absurd story to many adults.

It’s no wonder that Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3.

Lord help us to have the imagination to see Your world as You intended for it to be seen. Open our bored, cynical eyes so we can see the adventure and life-giving wonder that exists in your world. Come, Lord Jesus, Come. Give us eyes to see and ears to hear the good things You have for us. We wait with expectation for your Advent here.

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Rick Lee James

Rick Lee James worship leader, a singer and songwriter, preacher, author, and Podcast host with over 15 years of experience in ministry. As host of the Voices In My Head Podcast Rick has worked with Jason Gray, Andrew Peterson, Sara Groves, Paul Baloche, All Sons and Daughters, Michael Card, Brian Zahnd, Tripp York, Brett Mccracken, Ian Morgan Cron, Michael Card, Walter Brueggemann and many more. In 2013 Rick released his first Live album of original songs called, Basement Psalms Live. In 2014 Rick released a book to accompany the album called, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through the Psalms. The book has since been used as a textbook by National Praise and Worship Institute’s Psalms survey course at Trevecca Nazarene University. Rick also was a contributing writer for the book, Renovating Holiness, edited by Jay Thomas Jay Oord and Joshua Broward. Rick has also been a contributing writer for Worship Leader Magazine and has had a number of songs published by Lifeway Worship. Rick’s new album, ‘Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations’ will release on March 17th, 2016 (St. Patrick’s Day). All songs on the record are being published through Lifeway Worship and are written, co-written, or arranged by Rick.