The greatest gift...

Well, we are still 36 days away from my favorite holiday of the year! I just love everything about Christmas ~ the music, the decorations, family, and of course the food! I am proud to be almost completely done with all my shopping for this year. The one person left on my list is the hardest, my wonderful husband. I can never keep a secret from him. He normally figures it out and I can only hope that he'll forget about it by the time December 25 rolls around. I, on the other hand, do everything I can to avoid spoiling his surprise. No matter how many times he offers, I don't want to know what he got me (not until Christmas morning, of course!).
With my thinking about gift giving, I started reflecting on all the many gifts I've received during my 26 years. There was the 10 speed bike I got when I was 12, the Brother word processor I got when I was in high school (Our family was the last on the planet to get a computer!), the clothes, books, jewelry, and myriad of other things. Unfortunately, I can only remember a fraction of the presents people have given me. There is one gift, however, that I have never forgotten, but often overlook. I received that gift when I was 5 years old, while sitting on my bed. I accepted the heavenly gift that would wipe all my past, present, and future sins completely clean. The gift also included eternal joy and life in the presence of my King in heaven. Accepting that gift impacted the rest of my life. I would never be the same. I'm sincerely hoping that those of you who happen to be reading this post have received that same gift at sometime in your life. It is a free gift from God Almighty to anyone who will accept it!! I hope you'll take the time to reflect on this awesome gift of love as we head into this busy holiday season!!

"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23