Advent - Day 12

[We wrap up Advent with Day 12. As I probably should have been doing all along, I asked my dad if I could use this email of his that he wrote for Christmas. Feel free to read it to your family as you celebrate this day]




Advent - Day 12
"I Wish I Could Give More"


We understand that Christmas is a time of giving. Most of us are beneficiaries of the giving spirit of our friends and family. It's fun to buy and make gifts for others. Commercialism tries to obscure the real meaning of the season; however, it does prompt us to give our loved ones gifts that, in a perfect world, we might give them all year long.

No matter how much money or time we have we often wish we could give more. Financial realities tend to limit our ability to give, although millions of people will charge through the month and pay next year. For them Christmas lasts longer than they would like.

"I wish I could give more" is a phrase never thought of or spoken by God the Father. For when He gave His only son as our Christmas present, it was the best gift ever given. All the money in the world could never afford such a present. He is the Gift that keeps on giving even when we forget Him.

Like any true gift, Jesus was given with no thought of receiving a present in return. All we have to do is to make room for Him in our heart. That's the gift He wants the most.

This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. Jn. 3: 16 TM

the HypeyDad

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