Giving and Receiving
Today I was thinking about our calendar year. Thanksgiving, a holiday when we pause to be grateful for the blessings in our lives, is six short weeks before Christmas, when we celebrate the birth of our Savior. Giving and receiving gifts is an important and powerful expression of our affection for one another.
I love the satisfaction of searching for and finding the perfect gift. Since I was a teen I’ve handmade crochet blankets, quilts, and jewelry items for loved ones. So much care goes into choosing the right colors of material, the perfect center pendant, and appliqueing tiny seed beads. One of the best gifts I’ve ever gotten was a quilt from my Aunt. I carried it everywhere until it absolutely wore out! I told my best friend when I made a quilt for her newborn daughter – let Penny carry this around with her, snuggle with it on the couch, spill juice on it. Don’t “save it” in a box – it’s meant to be enjoyed!
Parents plan for months to find the right gifts for their children and stay up late assembling doll houses or bikes so they can see their child’s joy on Christmas morning. I think the greatest reward for parents is when their children say, “Thank-you!”
There is a special glow that comes to a person’s face when they receive a gift that they really wanted or needed. Gratitude flows from the heart of a person who understands the time and effort that goes into gift giving. This is a tiny glimpse of the joy God takes in us when we receive His gift of Christ, God made flesh, and ask Him to forgive our sins. Jesus came as an infant into the humblest of circumstances – asleep in an animals’ trough because there wasn’t room in the Inn. He died for our sins so we can have fellowship with God.
Gratitude has the power to change the way we see the world and it shows us how many details God is taking care of actively in our lives. Giving allows us to show God’s love in a world that desperately needs His love.
Please use Christmas as an opportunity to reach out and bless others through gifts or acts of service in your community. There are a lot of trustworthy charities that collect gifts for Children in need (Angel Tree project) and some stores have bins for Toys for Tots collections. Invite friends, coworkers, or neighbors for a coffee and catch-up. Small actions can make a huge difference in others’ lives.
Our prayer this holiday season is that every person in your family will experience the freedom and joy of knowing Christ. We’re here to help you choose gifts for your family with the convenience of our online store! We hand-pick all items for our shop. Faith-based gifts are available for everyone on your list! Please contact us if you need any assistance. We are here to help every step of the way!