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Advent Devotion – Thursday, December 5

The Best Gift

Recently my sweet daughter asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I said with absolute sincerity, “Nothing but time spent with you,” (and, I have enough boots). She acquiesced (well, I think she did—It’s not Christmas yet), but she reminded me that we do spend time together. I realize that I receive the gift of my child frequently and at a meaningful level. A gift that is a consistent presence in my life. And still, it’s the gift I continue to desire the most. Time with the ones I love. 

It makes me wonder, is that the gift God wants, too? Time with me, his child?

The birth of Christ is a gift to humanity. God showing his people that there is hope, through relationship with him, and he showed us his full understanding of our human experience by sending his son to experience it with us. Our human hearts and desires were part of Jesus coming to guide us into relationship with God and each other.

Nothing wrong with Christmas socks, fluffy slippers and Christmas treats. But, if they didn’t happen, would I have the gifts I desire the most?  

I would. Wow!

“And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life” 1 John 5:20.

May your Christmas be rich in Gods gifts!

Jude Mitchell, church lady