How is your holiday shopping going? Are you done or nearly done? Haven't started? I have made great strides in my completing my shopping this year. My goal is to have it all done and wrapped with time to spare so that I can enjoy the joy of the season. That is my goal anyway. You know what they say about the best laid plans and all that?!
I love gift giving though. I really enjoy the process of finding something that is just right for the person that I am buying for, wrapping it up prettily, giving the gift and watching as that person unwraps it and finds the treasure that is beneath the pretty wrappings. It gives me such a warm feeling inside and leaves me with such a sense of pride. It got me to thinking about the origin of gift giving at Christmas, not the Roman origins of Saturnalia but the religious origins and significance of the giving of gifts.
Sometime after the birth of Jesus, three Wise Men, also known as Magi, came to visit the newborn bearing gifts of insence, gold and myrrh. "...Magi came from the east to Jeruaulem and asked, "Where is the one who has been born King of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him." Matthew 2:1-2
Those gifts were given as a sign of worship, an offering to the King who was and is our greatest gift of all. Can you imagine the anticipation, the love and joy that must have been in God's heart when he gave us this most precious gift? His Son! For our salvation. Such a gift that we as a people we unaware of the magnitute of it, the value for our souls, for our life here on earth and life everlasting. Such is His love for us.
We celebrate that, we rejoice in that and we cherish that. With gifts of thanksgiving, with songs of praise, glory, laud and honor to His name. Excited souls sing!
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
So shop, decorate and celebrate. It is what we do. It is how we celebrate the birthday of our Saviour. But as for me, I will try to keep that feeling of love, the spirit of joy, and a grateful heart for the gift that is Christ our Lord not just at Christmas but every day. To honor that gift.
Merry Christmas Everyone!
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