Yesterday I wrote a short post on the most wonderful gift anyone has ever been given~ the gift of salvation that came to us in the form of a tiny baby...Jesus...our King of Kings as a blogger friend described him....and Lord of Lords! A gift of love~
"For God so loved the world He gave His one and only Son,
that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."
While reading inspirational posts this morning the subject of gifts came up again and I could not help but reflect on the many many blessings God gives to us each and every single day of our lives.
I think that is the first gift I am grateful for today, that each morning I open my eyes to the light of another day. Having had Lyme Disease for so many years, and cancer nearly two years ago, I am so thankful to still be here to make the most of every day. Of course, we don't have to have a disease to feel grateful as we greet the day ahead.
"This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it."
Another gift I often take for granted is the gift of a warm and cozy home with lots of windows and good neighbors. We never go hungry, we travel in a nice van, and we always have enough... thank you Jehovah Jireh for your abundant provisions.
"And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus."
During the Christmas season family and friends are at the top of our list, aren't they! Their love, support, encouragement, and did I say love.....are a blessing we are so grateful for.
"Love one another with brotherly affection [as members of one family],
precedence and showing honor to one another."
Romans 12: 10
Some gifts come in ugly wrappings, but what they hold inside and what they teach us are things we are grateful for. Trials, storms, unwanted circumstances may be hard to receive, but sometimes they do bring the most precious gifts of all. Trust....Hope.....Faith....Patience....Love....Forgiveness...
"All things work together for good to those who love the Lord."
And then there are those gifts we do not even know about. Gifts from our Lord just waiting to be received and unwrapped. I once heard a story about a man who when up to Heaven where St. Peter greeted him and showed him around. They came to one room and when Peter opened the door it was filled to the brim with beautifully wrapped gifts. The man asked, "Whose gifts are these?" to which St Peter replied, "Oh, these are gifts that God had waiting for you, that you never asked for!"
"Ask and you shall receive, seek and you will find,
knock and the door will be opened."
Gifts~ fun to give and fun to receive. They come in all different sizes, shapes, and wrappings and they bring us joy, excitement and sometimes even sorrow. Enjoy these treasures, and be sure to unwrap all the gifts God has for you!
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