Sunday, December 19, 2010

Enjoy the Gifts!

Is that selfish?  Why on earth would we give gifts to one another on Jesus' birthday?  If he is the ultimate gift of love and peace, why is my visa bill arriving in two envelopes?  (well, perhaps that's another issue...)  I think the giving of gifts can be an excellent reminder of the first gift of Christmas.  So, relax and enjoy!  As you prepare gifts for others, remember why you're giving them in the first place.  When someone thinks of you with a gift, let it remind you of the greatest gift of all! 

Hey - the Magi brought gifts!  I doubt baby Jesus really needed all of that perfume... do you think maybe Mary used a little?  I wonder what became of those gifts?  Whoever used them must have been reminded of the reason for which they had been given in the first place. 

It doesn't matter the size or amount of the gifts, whether they're home-made or from the mall.  The wonderful thing about giving is that it's from the heart.  Don't you feel amazing inside when you give a gift?  When you see the look on the recipient's face?   Christmas isn't about the stuff, it's about the giving. 

Enjoy the gifts!  Remember why we're giving and receiving them in the first place.  Now, here's Linus, sharing with us what Christmas is all about...

2 Corinthians 9:15  Thanks be to God for His indescribable gifts!

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