Saturday, December 26, 2015

The Gift that Keeps on Giving

We’ve attended Christmas Eve services, eaten together, read the Christmas story, and sung and listened to songs.  Gifts have been exchanged, opened, and played with, and the wrappings have been cleaned up and recycled.  The anticipation and waiting have not disappointed.  Grandkids have played with and enjoyed toys and some are already becoming favorites.  It has been a blessing for family to be together during these days.

 Daniel (11 months), Mary (3)

 Sawyer (8 months), David (5), Ryen (2)

We searched for just the right gift for each person on our list.  The gifts from this year will be played with, used, and enjoyed for a time.  Some will last and be shared with younger siblings and perhaps later with their own children.  Others may be given away after a season.  Still others will break and be discarded. 

The Bible tells us of the best gift ever given, when God sent Jesus to the earth as a baby.  
C. S. Lewis stated, “The Son of God became a man to enable men to become the sons of God.”  That is a gift worth sharing with everyone all year long.  God’s gift of salvation, love, hope, peace, and so much more, keeps on giving and lasts for eternity.  Like the gifts under the tree, God’s gift must be accepted as our own before it belongs to us.  What wonderful gifts God gives to His children!

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
2 Corinthians 9:15

Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:38

But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!  For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!
Romans 5:15, 17

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23

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

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