Christmas, God’s Gift to Us

Christmas, a Time for Gifts and Joy

“God never gives someone a gift they are not capable of receiving. If he gives us the gift of Christmas, it is because we all have the ability to understand and receive it.” Pope Francis

“God goes to those who have time to hear him – and so on this cloudless night he went to simple shepherds.” Max Lucado

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights, with who there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:17

“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7

“Every man shall give as he is able according to the blessing of the Lord your God that he has given you.” Deuteronomy 16:17

“Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38

God gave us the gift of Christmas. It was His plan from the beginning. His remarkable gift of Christmas, of Jesus Christ, His only son; His unconditional love keeps giving us gifts throughout our lives. His gift gives us more every year of our lives; every day throughout the year His gift continues to give us love, peace, mercy, and grace. His gift gives us the gift of family, a truly incredible most precious gift. His gift gives us moments to praise Him, to praise His most precious Son, Jesus Christ. His gift gives us the opportunity to thank Him for the most perfect gift of a manger for Mary and Joseph to place His son on that first Christmas. His gift gives us a specific time each year to stop, pause, and focus on Him, focus on Jesus Christ, and to focus on family and friends.

His gift of Jesus Christ and the first Christmas gives us memories of Christmas past that keep giving us remembrances of His love and His plan for our lives:

  • Memories of simple Christmases of our childhood
  • Memories of loved ones gone from their earthly home
  • Memories of Christmas joy
  • Memories of traditions
  • Memories of time spent with family
  • Memories of sadness, peace, giving gifts, firsts and lasts
  • Memories of lessons learned

His gift of Salvation is freely given by God, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

Every year I wrestle and struggle with giving gifts that mean something to my family and friends. I want every gift to mean something. I want each gift to be perfect for that person, a gift they will never forget. I do not like giving money or gift cards because they do not have meaning or emotions associated with them.

This Christmas I truly started thinking about my gift to God and how I can give Him anything that compares to what He has given me, what meaningful gift do I have to give Him. In thinking about my gift to God, I was reminded of an old hymn, “What Can I Give Him?” A hymn that questions what gifts we can possibly give Him after all He has given us.

What Can I Give Him?

What can I give Him poor as I am?

If I were a shepherd, I’d give Him a lamb,

If I were a wise man, I’d do my part,

I know what I’d give Him, I’d give Him my heart.

What can I give Him to show my love?

The stars smile on Him and twinkle above,

They sing me a song that shines in the dark,

I know what I’d give Him, I’d give Him my heart.

I know what I’d give Him, I’d give Him my heart.

My Heart.

God’s gifts to us are many. They are eternal.

How can I give Him anything that would measure up to the gifts He has given me? The song reminds me that all He asks for is my heart. As insufficient as that seems compared to all He has given me, it truly is all He ask from me. His gifts know no equal, but the simple gift of my heart is what He treasures the most. He treasures that I put my faith in Him. He treasures that I asked Him every day to walk with me throughout the day, that I ask Him to guide me and to teach me His way.

My heart, my love for Him brings as big a smile to His face as the smile on my granddaughter’s face when I give her a simple gift of a stuffed animal or doll. Oh, to see His smile when I open my heart to Him and put my faith in Him. I can feel His smile and His joy in receiving my heart, and one day I will see His smile when I go home with Him.

My gift of my heart, my love for Him is also a gift to those around me. It is the perfect gift for those I love. The way I live my life, showing my love for God, to my children, grandchildren, and friends is the most important gift I can give them. Sharing the word of God, sharing God’s love for them, loving others as Christ loves everyone, and worshiping God are the pieces of my life that I can share with family, to show them God in my life and in my heart.

Worshipping God through song, praising His name by reading His word, and loving others as He loves them! These were all such a huge part of my life growing up. I never doubted my parents love for God, I never doubted that they both had given their hearts to God, and as a result they loved us and wanted us to know God’s love also. The best gift my parents ever gave me was their love for God.

As a child we worshipped and praised God through song every day around the piano at home and every time the church doors were open. I used to imagine the smile on God’s face when we were all singing hymns of praise to His name. It didn’t matter if we could all sing, it was just the fact that we were singing praises to his name. I want my children and grandchildren to know that same feeling. I want them to know the gifts of God, I want them to see my love for God in my life, in my worship, and in my love for them.

In my heart there is such a need to worship and praise God through song. I want all my family to experience that same desire, the desire to worship and praise God through music, through the words of the traditional songs as well as the contemporary songs of praise. Music is a gift! The traditional hymns are gifts through their words and the music. The old gospel songs are filled with so much meaning and inspiration, and even as an adult I can just imagine the smile on God’s face as we sing in glorious harmony, and I know the angels are joining us in song.

Songs like; “The Old Rugged Cross”, “Just A Closer Walk With Thee”, “Amazing Grace”, “How Great Thou Art”, “I Surrender All”, “When We All Get to Heaven”, “Jesus Paid it All”, and so many more. Just the titles of the songs are gifts to God, praises to His name and all He has given us. This is what I want to give my family this year and in all the years to come. The gift of singing praises to God, the gift of the words to these hymns and how much they are a part of who I am, their mother and grandmother.

My Christmas list this year is simple:

Give my whole heart to God, every minute of every day.

Share my love for God with my family and friend through loving them and praising God’s name through music and song.

Merry Christmas to all! Never forget the reason for this season – Jesus Christ, God’s greatest gift to each of us!

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