Have you ever dreamed of receiving a gift that made your heart swell with joy? A gift that spoke to your heart; one that you cherished for all times? Even if it meant you could only keep it for a short time, before having to share it with others. A gift that meant down the line it would be taken away from you. None of that matters. You still want it. It makes your eyes light up and your heart leap with joy. It is worth having.
In your mind’s eye, picture Mary. Riding across a dusty desert on the back of a donkey. Her arms are wrapped around her stomach; her mind contemplating the beautiful Gift inside. A fierce love and protectiveness fills her heart. No matter what happens, she knows. This gift she is carrying within her is worth it all.
Have you ever been a bystander when someone you love receives a gift that all people want? You share in the joy of the recipient, yet you know you will also be responsible for keeping this gift safe. There is an immense feeling of joy waiting for the gift to be delivered, but you also know the tremendous responsibility you will have when it arrives.
Consider Joseph. He was a man who loved God so much, he went against custom and became a step-parent. He knowingly and willingly became responsible for a Gift so great, even knowing that the Gift not only belonged to him or his beloved wife, but also to whomever wanted it. Nothing else mattered to Joseph. He knew that this Gift is worth having.
Consider a father. One who stands before his son, knowing this precious gift of a child is about to head off to war. Knowing that where he is going there will be people who hate his child. People who are jealous of his child. People who plot, plan, and finally succeed in killing his only child. Yet the father simply says, “I love you, son,” as he watches him walk out the door.
Consider the Gift. This Gift is so wonderful that people are willing to receive it, knowing that it will have to be shared with others. Knowing it is so wonderful, you can do nothing else but love it, cherish it, share it.
Consider God. He is the One who gave us the Ultimate Gift. Consider Jesus. He is that Gift. He is more than worth it.
A very Merry Christmas to you and yours,
The Farm Wife, the Country Boy, and the Critters of Paradise Plantation