It is December, the “gift giving” month. We have many pictures of our kids getting presents, starting with our two boys, wearing their red Christmas sweaters, and sitting by the Christmas tree crying because they were so overwhelmed by the number of presents. They soon outgrew crying over too many Christmas gifts! They remember two special gifts; they each got a “detective’s secret briefcase” one year. We have long forgotten what was in those cases, but they haven’t forgotten. Both of them, now in their early fifties, can tell you exactly what was in them. They dragged those briefcases with them for a number of years after getting them. And our two daughters remember the three-legged stool Grandma and Grandpa used to make their fifteen grandchildren sit on one at a time to get a Christmas present. What chaos! Everyone was so excited. Christmas giving is so much fun and the memories are precious.
While we give gifts that can’t last, God gives us the greatest gift of all: the eternal gift of His Son. The gift of Christmas, God’s eternal new life in Christ, is often forgotten. We tend to open all our “disappearing” gifts without thanking God for His eternal gift.
Think of His gift as having a wrapping around it, representing the forgiveness of sins. The wrapping is important and lasts forever, as does the “inside present”—the new nature that He gives us. That gift is what we get to share through our prayers and support with the men, women, and little children in India. Have a great praise-filled Christmas rejoicing in God’s amazing gift to us through His Son!
Until India is transformed,
John and Atts