The Best Christmas Gift Ever

“Thank God for His indescribable gift.”
“Thanks be to God for His inexpressible gift!”
“His gift too wonderful for words.”
“His incomparable gift.”
“His inestimable gift.”
“His indescribable generosity to you.”
“His unspeakable gift.”
 “Thank God for this gift, His gift. No language can praise it enough.”

[II Corinthians 9:15 as translated by different translators]

What this tells me is that God has given the “best” gift, a gift too wonderful to describe. He has given Himself through Jesus, who was born into the human family so we could be born into His family.

It is good for us to reflect on God’s gift as we consider the gifts we give and receive. I have come to understand that the value of Christmas is not determined by the presents under the tree, but the presence of our loved ones, especially the Presence of Jesus in our lives.

I would not want to deprive our daughter, Crystal, from her 11th Christmas celebration in heaven, but from my human standpoint I would forgo any and all Christmas presents just to spend another Christmas with Crystal here. Just to see her smile and give her another Christmas hug would be enough for me. Well, no, I would then wish she could stay with us, but I know that will not happen.

The value of gifts is not determined by dollars but by relationships. Let’s cherish the relationships we still have even though we miss our deceased loved ones so very, very much.

“The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth… From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.”  John 1:14-18