December 25, 2007 at 2:58 pm Leave a comment

South Jordan, Utah

It snowed quite a bit during the night but we had no trouble making it to Traci and Brandon’s house for breakfast and the first of two Christmas gift openings we will have this year.  Brad and his family will not be here until Thursday so we will have another gift opening then.

Watching our three grandsons open gifts was fun.  Eyob our newest grandson, direct from Ethiopia, had his first Christmas ever and that first Christmas was in America and with his brand new family.  While it has not been easy, he doesn’t sleep well at night, he has had ear infections, intestinal parasites and other struggles, he is a wonderful little boy and such a great gift to our family.  He was too young to appreciate what was going on but one day he will know.

The other two boys, Sloan and Sean eagerly went after the gifts, got over stimulated by the whole thing and had a hard time appreciating how special each gift was.  Too much, too fast but as the week goes on and they can explore each new treasure they will enjoy it more and more. 

Christmas is a time for gifts.  Sure we spend too much, give more gifts than we need to and probably miss a lot of what gift giving is. But over time as the children grow they begin to understand more and gift giving becomes a treat rather than an expectation.

As I think about the Gift that initiates all this gift giving our reception of the Gift and our understanding of the importance of it is not all that different from the little boys this morning.  When I first heard that God loved the world so much He gave His Son as a Gift, I did not appreciate it like I do today.  As a young boy I knew enough to accept the free gift,  but I didn’t know the implications of my acceptance of it.  Over time, as I have explored the gift’s value, understood what it means to receive it, I enjoy it more and esteem it more.

Sloan and Sean got a couple of gifts this morning that might be better in a couple of years when they can appreciate what the toy can do.  They could receive it, accept it, but they really can’t enjoy it.  My relationship with the greatest of all Gifts, a Savior is much deeper and much more intimate today because I understand the cost, realize more of what my life would be without it and more than anything, I am old enough now to see with perspective just how extraordinary this Gift is.

Christmas gifts serve an eternal purpose.  They teach us year by year the importance of and appreciation for what our parents and others do to give us these wonderful things, but more importantly they reflect the greatest Gift the world has ever known.

Of course, most of us spend to much, go way past any reasonable point of what is needed at the Christmas gift giving time, but the truth is our Father spent too much, went way past any reasonable point to give us the Gift of life and the privilege of enjoying that Gift for all of eternity.  I am not suggesting that we continue to over spend at Christmas but I am suggesting that the illustration not be wasted. 

As we open the extravagant array of gifts under our tree this year let it remind us that our Father is the most extravagant Gift giver there has ever been and He gives that way every day of the year.  Accept the Gift and pass it on to every one you meet. This Gift never gets old, never loses it’s value and it is the only gift I know of that has eternal implications.

“On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh” (Matthew 2:10-11)

As you enjoy your new treasures today and in the days to come remember the most extraordinary Gift they point too.  Merry Christmas to you all and may you know the blessing of the Father during this very special season.


Entry filed under: Adoption, Advent, Christianity, Church, Culture, Faith, Family, Friendship, Jesus, Kingdom, Supernatural, The Father, Thoughts, Travel.

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