Have you made your list yet? Oh, you know the one that records everything you want for Christmas. I was a very efficient child in that I would find all my hoped for items in magazines and circle the pictures and the prices for my parents. Ha! Maybe some of you do the same thing. Christmas is such a wonderful time of year. The sights and smells are exciting and of course the food is yummy. Everywhere you go there are symbols of holiday cheer that say Christmas is almost here. There are plays, concerts, parties, dinners, lights, decorations, and especially great gifts! Personally, I think giving and receiving is the most exciting part of Christmas.
Last night for a reason that is rather silly, I ended up sitting in the emergency room with my two year old son. His injury was minor, and so we sat patiently while people hustled and bustled around us. As we waited, I began to notice several people going in and out of one room nearby. They all had tear stained faces and somber eyes. I quickly realized that someone very dear to them all was dying in that very room. My heart was aching. It reminded me that during this oh-so-happy season, there are people that need more than “packages, boxes, and bags.” There are people that need a gift that carries no monetary price tag; they need the gift that Jesus brought for us long ago. The Bible says in Luke 2:11 “ For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” A new watch or purse would not have been enough for the family; they needed the gift of a Saviour.
The best thing about giving Jesus is that it doesn’t cost you anything, but He will be the very best gift that person has ever received. So this year while you’re checking out the newest iPods, wii games, and that blouse from Macy’s, take a little time to think about the people in your life who might need a gift that means quite a bit more.