Sunday, November 29, 2009
Advent is here
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
I can't believe Christmas is already here, it's popping up everywhere! The neighborhood is slowly starting to twinkle with colored lights and Christmas trees are shining from inside strangers homes. I'm a bit sad that is has appeared so quickly, but am getting excited to start another season celebrating the gift of Christ. I am eager to find new experiences to teach my kids the true meaning of Christmas in ways that speak to their hearts. I so want them to have joy for the true meaning of Christmas and not just the fun lights and unnecessary gifts. Every year they get older and I can't help but want to teach them more of this wonderful time of year.
Thoughts about Christmas gifts have been going through my mind many sleepless nights. I've been trying to think of the perfect gifts for the people on our Christmas list. For weeks, I have been pondering and online shopping. I want to give each person something they will really like.
Most people are like me and can't even think of anything they would love to have for Christmas. I don't even know what gift would make me ecstatically happy.
I was thinking this morning about God's greatest gift to us, His Son, our Savior. My 30 Days of Thanks are drawing to an end, but it has been a great way to prepare my heart for this time of reflection of Christ coming to earth. These two seasons came together for me this morning, giving Him thanks for all His great gifts to us, and now His greatest gift of all.
I realized today that God really is the greatest gift giver of all. He is, and will always be. The greatest gifts I have ever received came from Him. He is the one who gave me Joe, Bethany, Joseph and Jenna. He is the one who gave us a gift of $50 in the mailbox this week, wrapped in a loving card that spoke words of encouragement. He is the one who gave Joe 4 tickets to the UK vs. Tennessee football game. He is the one who gave us $50 with instructions to go out to eat this afternoon. He is the one who led us to a local scratch and dent "just looking" only to come out an hour and half later with decorations for the outside of our house, that we bought for 75% off. Big and small, His gifts are always perfect.
Some of these gifts came from others acting in obedience and some came unknowingly of others. I am thankful for these blessings this past week, I'm thankful for the givers and the Giver. It is humbling, and has been so encouraging amidst my feelings of despair this week. My heart is full, my faith has grown and I'm encouraged to pass His gifts to us, on to others. After all, the only thing better than receiving a perfect gift from Him, is being used by Him to pass a perfect gift to some one else.
They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.