CHRISTMAS GIFTS: OK I admit it I am terrible at buying Christmas gifts. First of all I am never sure what people want or really need. And I really don’t like shopping anyway. I make lists when I go to a store and it is usually in and out unless of course I get stuck in a check-out line behind people who always seem to have problems. And in the area where I live you always run the risk of being run over in the store by someone in an electric shopping cart. Now I am not a bah-humbug person and I love to give people gifts they really like and I am thankful for being able to shop on line. But I just do not have that gift insight like my daughter does. She buys multiple gifts for multiple people and always seems to have just the right touch. I am heading somewhere with this post so follow me.
We celebrate Christmas as a time of giving to each other as an act of love and thankfulness to God for His great gift to us, the Lord Jesus Christ. At least I hope we do. This Christmas when gifts are given some will be funny, some will be sentimental, some will be useful, some will be “what is it”, some will be the kind you put away and forget about, and some will bring shouts of joy. The gifts, if not sinful, should cause us to rejoice and be thankful because someone in an act of love spent time and money to share it with us. A lot of people in the world will not have that experience this Christmas.
We should acknowledge what the writer of the bible book of James said, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows,” (James 1:17 NIV). God knows something about the giving of gifts. He gave us His Son the Lord Jesus Christ, the most perfect gift the world could ever receive (John 3:16). We should remember that when we get a “good and perfect gift”, though it is from an earthly person, God is really the provider of the gift. God is the source of all good things and the provider of all resources and in Him “we live and move and have our being.” So let us be glad and rejoice as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, God’s Christmas gift to us if you will, and let us be thankful we have family and friends who love us enough to give gifts in Jesus’ name.