the gift of receiving
December 25, 2017

Joy To The Giver

By: Jannae Cammon [Chicago, IL]

As a family of ten with little extra money, we seldom shopped at major department stores.

My sister and I picked out the coats we wanted; but seeing the price tags, our parents directed us to less expensive brands. Forgetting that six other kids needed coats, we insisted on our favorites. We left the store without a purchase.

Overcome, they kneeled and worshiped him. Then they opened their luggage and presented gifts: gold, frankincense, myrrh.
Matthew 2:11b (The Message)

On Christmas morning, my sister and I opened gifts of coats we hadn’t wanted. Vowing never to wear them, we stuffed them into the closet. As the weather grew colder, I slipped into the closet to try on my coat. Eventually, I wore it to school. I still regret not being thankful for something I needed.

Sometimes we forget how hard our parents work to buy us gifts. Imagine the wise men’s joy as they knelt before Jesus. What if his parents had rejected their gifts? My parents must have been excited to give me a brand-new coat instead of a hand-me-down. When I rejected their gift, I’m sure they were disappointed.

The way we accept a gift can bring joy to the giver. Thinking of others first is what God did by giving us the gift of Jesus. Let’s remember to be grateful for all the gifts God gives us.

PRAYER: Lord, let our response to those who give to us be genuine joy. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

30 Seconds of Thanks

Take 30 seconds to make a mental list of as many good things in your life as you can. As you acknowledge the source of these gifts, you might feel a deep sense of wonder and excitement building up in you, ready to burst out in gratitude. If so, close your 30 seconds with a shout of gratitude.

the gift of receiving


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