Gifts Unopened

Planning

It’s Christmas time.   Albeit Christmas in a pandemic which means a season with new set of  planning  and execution challenges. Therefore, as a result of the pandemic,  I met the challenge via online shopping and reimagining gifts.  Little did I know that online shopping  translates to hours of research and planning.   No more impluse buys after walking past department store displays.  This year more than ever I want the gifts I give to  bring a smile, joy, and be used.

Tracking the Gift

Christmas is just days away  and it is not surprising the shipping companies are overwhelmed from the onslaught of online purchases.  Delivery persons  are working harder than ever to deliver the purchases in time for the “big day”.   So,  I track the delivery progress because I want to make sure the gift is received prior to Christmas Day.  Besides the arrival of the gift, more importantly  I want the gift to be used.  

God’s Gift

Christmas is the time of year that reminds us that God has given us a gift; his Son, Jesus our Emmanuel. God had planned for a very long time to give us perfect gift and wants us to take; to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  Yet how many will not accept this gift?   If we do acknowledge the gift is it for a brief time?   Too often we bring out God’s gift like a seasonal decoration and return to storage until next year.  God gave us a second gift too, it is the Holy Spirit.  God gave us these gifts so that we will take and use the gifts daily, depend and rely on these gifts, and be filled.

After the Wrapping

After Christmas morning when the gifts are unwrapped, I admit that too often  I use a gift briefly, then forgotten, or I become busy and another project occupies my time.  This Christmas, I pray that I truly use God’s gifts.  Let me share His love, sing joyfully, pray without ceasing, and I will fill my heart first with the Holy Spirit.  Afterall, what good is a gift if it is unused? 


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