Isaiah 9:6 NIV
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Many who follow me know I’m a spiritual guy. Christmas has deeper meaning. For Christians like myself, Christmas is a celebration of God’s living gift to us.
“For to us” is the tag on the present.
“From” is God.
The gift is “a child is born, a son is given.”
It’s a living gift.
I kinda like the idea of “living gifts”. I have a few suggestions on what you can give to your family.
The gift of presence—not presents
Try being mindfully present with those you love. Wouldn’t it be nice to slow down some? Why not cuddle with the family on the couch in your pjs with hot chocolate.
Here’s another way you can give your presence. Stop, focus and really showing an interest in what your spouse or kids are talking about.
Your presence is felt by slowing down and listening intently.
The gift of peace
Some households are fraught with tension or conflict. Negative attitudes cause fights to break out.
“As far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” Wise words from the apostle Paul.
Disengage from conflict. Diffuse a potential argument by saying something like, “The holiday season is meant to bring us joy and peace. Let’s not ruin it. I’d like for us to try and get along today.”
The gift of forgiveness
The theme of forgiveness is woven into the Christmas story. God’s gift of his son is intended to bring forgiveness of sins and salvation.
Unforgiveness and resentment toward family members puts a chill in the holiday season. Be open to forgive an offense.
The gift of kindness
Get centered and get in touch with your kind heart. Imagine how you will express it to your family throughout the day. Set the tone by slowing down and doing thoughtful things for others. Give the gift of your kindness.
The gift of charity
Opportunities abound to help others in need. Homeless in the city. Hurting families in the community. People who have lost loved ones.
Charity can come in the form of donation of money. Charity can also be cooking a meal, buying gifts, giving warm clothes.
Now it’s your turn
Living gifts are the best. They come from the heart. It doesn’t cost you anything to give living gifts, except a little pride. Don’t wait for others before you give a living gift. God got the ball rolling so to speak by initiating the gift.
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