I don't know about you, but when someone hands me a gift, I get a thrill inside and out. I love that feeling of expectation and excitement! It's like my whole body says, "I don't know what this is, but I'm so excited that you thought of me and I know I'm going to love it no matter what!"
Christmas is just a few short weeks away, and many people are going to be exchanging gifts. I know this year is going to be extra special in my little family! I can't wait to see Nathaniel's bright green eyes light up as we give him Christmas presents wrapped in green and red wrapping paper and colorful ribbons with fun little surprises inside that he's sure to love!
I was scanning Pinterest just this morning and a scripture ran across my path about gifts:
And so I got to thinking about this scripture. Jesus knows how to give "good" gifts in every meaning of the term. I can look around my home and feel blessed for all of the gifts He's given me. The most precious gift came on Valentine's Day just before this year really got crazy. I look at my healthy little boy, glowing with new life, grabbing everything with his pudgy little hands and feet, smiling big to show us his new teeth and dimples, and I know without a shadow of a doubt that Nathaniel is a good and perfect gift from above. Actually, that's why we named him Nathaniel, because it means "gift of God".
But even more than these natural gifts, which are truly blessings to me and my husband, are the spiritual gifts of God. Grace. Mercy. Love. The Word of God. The Holy Ghost. Peace. Joy. Eternal Live. And as we celebrate the birth of Christ in December, we also must remember the greatest gift of all - "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16). Wow.
The most good and perfect gift was Jesus Himself. He walked perfectly on this earth, never giving in to temptation, and died sinless. Yet He took on the sins of the world to save us. Jesus is truly a beautiful gift. I have personally seen what He can do in the lives of people- how He's saved them from addictions, terrible homes, and moved just in the nick of time to provide. I know that I have found greater joy and peace living for Him than I could ever have living for myself.
And so these musings stop here, but I'll leave you with this: