“So, my very dear friends, don’t get thrown off course. Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. James 1:17
I have bits and pieces of memories of over sixty Christmas seasons. As a young child, my parents gave each of us four kids one wrapped gift and allowed Santa Claus to enter through the back door while we were sleeping to fill our over-sized boot socks with hard candy, an apple or orange, a new toothbrush, and a small gift.
When I was around six or seven-years old, I remember awaking early (probably before 6:00 a.m.), and after finding a little necklace in my Christmas sock, I raced upstairs to show the most beautiful gift ever to Mommy and Daddy.
I’m grateful my parents gave us kids the gift of allowing us to believe in the magic of Christmas. However, I’m even more blessed to have had parents who gave us the gift of worshipping as a family throughout the year. By observing Advent, we were not thrown off course by all the glitter and holiday happenings.
So, what is on the top of your most beneficial-gift list this holiday season? My list gets shorter each year, as I have less needs for earthly possessions (except for maybe a new thermostatically controlled teakettle).
Dear Lord, all I want for Christmas is peace, love, and joy for my family, friends, the whole world, and me. Amen.