The Gifts We Bring
’Tis the season that we celebrate the birth of our Savior which inspires great joy and love for all. In response to this emotional outpouring, we are compelled to give. Whether it is material gifts or gifts of ourselves, we express our love of God to those we care about and those in need … right?
Well maybe not every gift is given with such graciousness. Sometimes we feel like the expectation of gift giving at this time is burdening and that the total expense will be compromising. Some gifts are given because of protocol or politeness and the gesture is not heartfelt. Sometimes we feel the pressure of Christmas shopping, finding the perfect gift and fighting the crowds sucks the joy out of the season.
If your feelings on gift giving are better described by the second paragraph than the first, then I invite you to consider a few things before you proceed any further.
Embrace what the season is all about. God gave us the greatest gift in giving us Jesus Christ. A gift demonstrating God’s love that continues to spread joy to more and more people 2000 years later. It is in response to this amazing gift that we pay forward our own gifts of love. When you give this Christmas, approach it as a message of “God loves you, and so do I.”
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Luke 12:34) You spend your money where your heart is. This verse has been the source of great personal reflection. Where do I spend my money? Who do I spend my money on? Do I spend only on people close to me or do I share with strangers in need? What does that say about me? Answering these questions honestly to yourself may inspire you to put your heart somewhere far more rewarding and fulfilling. Remember, God gives to us in need.
It is beyond my means to put you all on my Christmas shopping list but I can give you, from my family, our most sincere and heartfelt wishes of the blessings of the season. May you embrace the spirit of Christmas and take joy in your giving. Receive God’s blessing for your good intentions and may God’s grace give you peace.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Rev. Doug Neufeld