They say that it is better to give than to receive, and I truly feel this to be so. In this season, I hate that rush to a shop or supermarket in a panic to get that last minute or forgotten present. How much better it is to be able to give someone a carefully chosen present, something that is just right for them. Doesn’t it give you great pleasure when you have found the perfect gift that delights, and even surprises, the receiver?
I would suggest that God feels that way too. He loves to give that perfect gift. He is a generous and lavish God. Creation is full of evidence for this. Did you know that there are over 9000 species of bird or that there are probably more stars in the universe than grains of sand on a beach? And don`t get me started on the intricacies of the eyeball or the mechanism of our hearing. My heart too has been beating non-stop for fifty-eight years. That is pretty miraculous.
Isaiah 40:26 says ‘Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens. Who created all these?’
In numerous instances, the bible points to God`s generosity and to His extravagance. The wine at Cana was not your average plonk (more like Château de Heaven) and the father’s welcome to his son in the story of the prodigal son (representing how God our Father is towards us) exudes overflowing love and generosity in His forgiveness.
Why is God so very generous? I would suggest that He really can’t help Himself, for that is His nature.
It is good, then, at this time of year to ponder God’s greatest gift of all time, that of his one and only beloved Son. What is there left to say? Have we ever received a greater gift?
Prayer: Father, we are lost for words, when we consider Your love for us and Your wonderful gift of Jesus, on top of all the other amazing gifts You have given us, including healing, protection, talents, to name but a few. Thank You, my Father. We love You. Amen.
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