the real gift

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It’s Christmas Eve, and I realize as I sit to write this that December absolutely flew by. I was lost in a flurry of making and buying and wrapping presents, baking, and decorating and celebrating. In the midst of all the hustle and bustle this past month, it was easy to lose sight of the real reason that we are celebrating. Buried in a mountain of boxes and bows, somewhere under the pile of presents, there is a baby in a manger. Today, tomorrow and throughout the year, I want to pause and remember what the real gift is. And I encourage you to do the same.

Last year, I posted this passage from Pursing the Christ by Jennifer Kennedy Dean. I’d like to share it again today…

“Before the celebrations begin, let me turn my heart to You.
No gift has ever been so costly.
No gift has ever been so treasured.
No gift has ever been so precious.
No gift has ever been so perfectly suited to both my needs and desires.
Each gift that I give today only faintly reflects the part of Your nature that makes giving joyous.
Each gift that I receive today reminds me that I have received the most profound Gift that can ever be given, and I am filled with gratitude.
The joy I feel, as I am warmed by the presence of those I love, is nothing compared to the joy I have because You have fulfilled Your promise from of old and have given Your Son to be my Savior.
Today we will ooh and aah; we will hug and laugh and remember. We will enjoy each other’s presence. But You will be at the center of every thought. You will be taking pleasure in our company, as we take pleasure in Yours.
I pray this blessing over those whom You have placed into my life today: ‘Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit’ (Romans 15:13).”

That is my prayer for you, my friends. No matter where you are, what your celebration or lack of celebration looks like, I pray that your heart would be full of hope, because of the gift that was given to and for you, over 2000 years ago.

Merry Christmas, friends!

p.s. I will be taking all of next week off from blogging, so I’ll see you in the new year!

  1. Hope says:

    Beautiful post! Merry Christmas and God bless!

  2. Joyti says:

    What a lovely nativity scene.

  3. Thank you so much for this, in a world of blogging and updating, of fashion, and constant news, amazing to be able to sit for an instance and be reminded what this is all about.

  4. I love the ending of that verse in Romans … “overflow with HOPE by the power of the Holy Spirit.” We cannot have joy and peace without true hope and true hope is only had by the power of the Holy Spirit. Wow. What volumes that speaks!

    Thank you for the beautiful post and prayer!
    Many Blessings to you in 2011!
    To God be the Glory.

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