Posted by: Diane | December 24, 2013

The Greatest Gift

Chris and I were involved in something new this Christmas – our neighbours lead a compassionate movement in our community, where they are responsible for finding many families to volunteer and anonymously provide Christmas for less fortunate families in the area. Chris and I were so touched by our neighbours’ passion and incredibly hard work in the organization of this special event. This year, we were delighted to bring Christmas to a family in our community.

Shopping is definitely not my thing and yet, it was a marvellous feeling to go out one day, follow a stranger’s wish list and buy special gifts for people we will never meet.  As I wrapped the gifts, I prayed for the individuals. I’m excited about these gifts being delivered and enjoyed.

This is what Christmas is all about – heart felt, life-impacting giving.

I confess that gift-giving has been a real bone of contention within our family for the past few years. We’ve tried different scenarios – picking one name, limiting the amount spent on each person, shopping for everyone, concentrating on gifts,rather than stockings – nothing seems to work.

It all feels like gift-swapping.

Emotions run amok, disappointment abounds and frustration increases.

We just haven’t been able to get it right yet.

Our adult children all have wonderful memories of Christmas when they were younger but Christmas has changed for them. The reality is that making that transition from the excitement of receiving to the joy of giving is a huge part of growing up…and it just takes time.

As a Christian, when I think of Christmas, I think of the love of God, seeing the sorry condition of mankind more than 2,000 years ago and sending a little child to get our attention.

For me, Christmas is so much more than presents.

Christmas is an internal and external celebration of God’s greatest gift to the world – eternal life – and that life is in his Son, Jesus Christ. I celebrate His birth at Christmas and praise God for the gift of salvation and eternal life that was given to me through Jesus Christ.

The presents just aren’t the priority.

 Jesus is the gift

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – whom I am the worst. But for that very reason, I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.    1 Timothy 1.15-17 NIV


Responses

  1. Indeed! Giving is so much better than receiving. Warms one’s heart….


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