The Special Gift for Christmas

gift wrapped in brown paper tied with handmade red, white, and green cording; shiny Christmas ornaments

Each year, we think hard about what to give – we want to give THE Special gift for Christmas but aren’t sure what it could be.

Right about now, you probably have a Christmas tree in your home. It is standing guard over gaily wrapped packages. Those gifts may include anything from clothing, toys, or even handmade items. One or two may be ‘the gift to end all gifts’ – which is something a loved one wants ‘more than anything’.

It is a blessing to be able to offer gifts to others. Part of our joy at Christmas is finding that one perfect item. We may spend all year hand-piecing a quilt, and then praying for the recipient with every quilting stitch.

a bowl of nuts, eggs, a measuring cup with oil, a bowl of sliced strawberries, a bowl filled with flour - ingredients for strawberry nut bread

Hours may be spent in the kitchen. We bake delicious gifts for our neighbors. Food for the holiday dinner is lovingly made. Our ovens seem to be on a permanent 350-degree cycle.

The Special Gift for Christmas

But there is one. It is the Special Gift for Christmas we rarely reflect on giving. And that is the gift of Unconditional Love. This love for us started long before the world was ever created. Before the beginning of time as we know it, we were already loved deeply, completely, and unconditionally.

Unconditional love isn’t just a gift we can unwrap. We can’t put it on our Christmas list. And we can’t wrap it up for someone else. Unconditional love just IS. We already have it. We have had it for longer than we have been alive. And we will continue to have it for an eternity.

The Special gift for Christmas - manger with a soft bright light in the background

The greatest representation of Unconditional Love is the gift of Jesus Christ. His humble birth and quiet life was filled with love for others. It wasn’t just his disciples at the time whom He loved. He also loved us as He was teaching others, stretching out a healing touch, and breaking bread to feed the multitudes; and at the same time He was laying the ground work to do the same for us.

We have always been on His mind and in His heart.  This year, as you admire the beautifully wrapped packages under the tree, think of the one gift you have already received – His Unconditional Love.

And as you stand enjoying the twinkling lights on the tree, remember the bright light Jesus brings into our life every day. Take that thought and let His light shine just as beautifully and brightly through your own life.

And share the special gift for Christmas – the gift of His Unconditional Love with others.

gaily wrapped packages underneath a Christmas tree; a small silver square lantern

May you have a Bright and Shining Christmas – and find the Special Gift for Christmas surrounding you and your family.

Julie Murphree is a blogger, newspaper columnist, and speaker on all things ‘Living a Simple Life on the Farm’. She is the author of \\\'The Farm Wife – Living a Simple Life on the Farm. She and her husband have 60 acres in NW Louisiana where they actively work on living as sustainable as possible.

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