17 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)
This time, when people start thinking about what Christmas presents to prepare for those who are their own and dear, I remembered a six-year old girl that had found her parents’ old photos in an old chest at home. She wrapped the photos and tucked them under the Christmas tree. Needless to say, the parents were overjoyed to see themselves again as they were fifteen-twenty years before. Their daughter gave them the gift they already possessed – the memories of the bygone days.
The case reminds us of something very important. Christmas should not be only the experience of getting more, but it should wake us up to what we already possess. God has already given us what we need: the Savior, His love, hope, eternal life, peace of mind, faith, fellowship… However, in the tumult of everyday life we don’t always experience these gifts. Getting accustomed to what we have, we tend to lose touch with God’s riches.
While opening our Christmas gifts, let’s re-open what we have already received from our Heavenly Father.
Thank you, Father, for Your love and spiritual wealth You have bestowed on us. Help us embrace Your abundance again.