My friend, may I ask you a question? What do you want for Christmas this year? Perhaps I should say, “What do you want for someone else this Christmas? If we leave the us out of the equation, Christmas giving would be much more in-line with how God gives us his gifts?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
I remember once a gift so large I wasn’t able to put it under the Christmas tree. It was a grandmother’s clock that I gave to my wife at Christmas. I needed to have her close her eyes as I slowly walked into the room, clock behind my back. Then, she opened her eyes and I stepped out from in front of the clock. Despite the fact it came unwrapped, it will long remain one of the more memorable Christmas gifts that I have ever given.
What do you want for Christmas this year? Perhaps I should say, “What do you want for someone else this Christmas? If we leave the us out of the equation, Christmas giving would be much more in-line with how God gives us his gifts?
Here’s a story: A father, designated “dead letter man” in a post office, who had been sorrowful and withdrawn from his family since the sudden death of his young son. Then, at Christmas time there fell into his hands this letter, addressed to Santa Claus by his little daughter: Dear Santa Claus, We are very sad at our house this year, and I don’t want you to bring me anything. My little brother went to heaven last spring. All I want you to do when you come to our house is to take Brother’s toys to him. I’ll leave them in the corner by the kitchen stove; his hobby-horse and train and everything. I know he’ll be lost up in heaven without them, most of all his horse; he always liked riding it so much, so you must take them to him, please, and you needn’t mind leaving me anything but if you could give Daddy something that would make him like he used to be, make him smoke his pipe again and tell me stories, I do wish you would. I heard him say to Mommy once that only Eternity could cure him. Could you bring him some of that, and I will be your good little girl. (Marian Bennett Cerf, “The Sound of Laughter”)
God’s Word reveals to us that the greatest gift ever bestowed upon mankind, the gift of salvation through Christ Jesus and eternity in Heaven, was a gift, though awesome in its size and impact, that went largely unrecognized by the receivers when it was given. The One who created man, was not recognized by man. Despite the fact that God stepped out from in front of Christ and fully “unwrapped” Him to His people, most were too buried in sin and self-interest to see the forest for the trees. May God grant that you and I this Christmas time recognize that gift when we see it. God has given us some of that Eternity thing. All we need to do is to say “For Me? Thanks!” Thank God for Christmas!
We pray. Heavenly Father. You are above all in gifts, and out of your giving you have taught me the way to a fuller identification of myself with you. Not only your gift of Jesus and your gift of the Spirit, but every day your gifts are about me like manna in the wilderness. All I have belongs to you, and of my money I am only a trustee. Command its use as shall please you and give me the experience of the giver’s joy. Let me see clearly the sin of covetousness and deepen my hatred of its practice. In the name of your unspeakable Gift be praise and dominion forever. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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