A couple weeks ago, Dash was in such a hurry (and believe it or not, fighting with his sister) that he left on the bus without his bookbag (insert quivering lip of Dash here). Knowing how much this would upset him, I drove the bookbag over to the school at my first opportunity. Dash had just arrived and he & his (wonderful) Ed Tech (we'll name her Ms. Best) were just about to call me when I walked in the doors. He saw me come with his bag and his face lit up with the biggest smile and arms open WIDE. For a minute, I thought he was going to give me a big hug...but no, that was for his beloved book bag. "My book bag!" he said as he grabbed it.
Oh well... His smile defied his actions and hugged me anyway. Pretty amazing to be able to give someone that much happiness with just one small action, one gift.
I was thinking about this and how Dash seemingly noticed the gift more than the giver of the gift, and thought about how often we do the same thing with the Giver gives us gifts. He wants us to seek Him first, not his gifts.
But when God gave us the ultimate gift, Jesus, He gave us a gift work seeking.
James 1:17 says, "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights..." Today being Christmas Eve, as I read this I think of the lights on the Christmas tree. May the lights shining down on the gifts below, remind us of the Father who's give His perfect gift in the form of a baby on Christmas morning.
While looking for that verse in James, I found a couple other verses that are worth pondering as we open gifts this Christmas.
The first is Deuteronomy 26:11 "Then you and the Levites and the foreigners residing among you shall rejoice in all the good things the LORD your God has given to you and your household."
The second is 2 Corinthians 9:8: And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work."
This Christmas, let us rejoice in the Giver, the Gift, and rejoice in the good things God has given us, so that we will abound in every good work.
Merry Christmas everyone! May our smiles and lit-up faces hug our Savior this year!