For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
It’s finally quiet. Relishing the moments when the husband is snoring softly and the kids are stone still, except for rapid eye movements from entering dreamland. As for me? I sit by the fire and gaze at shapes reflecting from the lights of our blue-lit Christmas tree. Nothing is underneath yet and still everyone is bubbling in anticipation of what will be found Christmas morning. Oh–the treasures they dream to find.
Things I treasure so deeply–I’m sure I won’t find, nor could anyone wrap them up, package perfect with a bow. Gifts like my friend Erin babysitting Tori so I could have time to myself. Or maybe the gift of friendship forming when it’s needed most as I sit in Liz’s salon chair. The gift of warmth in the arms of my husband or maybe, just maybe the best gift is sitting in the silence taking in the full weight of Jesus’ gift to me…
Have you considered the most amazing gifts that cannot be wrapped up in a bow?
Time alone to breathe deep or together with ones who hold your heart
The words, “I love you” in your spouse’s eyes
The security and warmth of holding your child until he falls asleep
Thoughtfulness of others in moments unexpected
The kindness of a stranger’s smile
A strong body and health
Faith, believing in the power of the unseen
You could title this list, the true gifts of life as we run full speed towards Christmas day, only to receive the greatest gift of all. But tell me something–is it possible to make Jesus’ gift all the sweeter when we come along side new believers of faith and old alike; with the gifts listed above?