Gone are the days of the big, glossy catalogs which came in the mail before Thanksgiving to spark a child’s longing for Christmas gifts.
Hours could be spent pouring over each page and photo. Discussion would be had among siblings as to the fun each game and toy could bring.
Nowadays the circulars are thin and less exciting but our youngest granddaughter doesn’t know this yet. She turns through the “magazine” slowly, explaining each toy whether or not it is something she would like.
She tells me the names of princesses and characters of TV programming, her only interest is to make conversation. No demands or requests for a single item for she has all she wanted in this moment – my full attention, relationship, and conversation.
The moment brought back a quote once read:
“The shiny temporary pleasures advertise to us this hungry season pale when propped beside the magnificent majesty of the King of heaven. He is our hope, our perpetual promise of righteousness to come, the fullness of heaven in human form, plunged low and raised again for our sake.
Rather than grab hold of the temporary to fill our need, we can and ought to recall the generosity of God who sent His own Son that we might have fellowship with Him in the fullness of His glory. He is with us in the wait. He has come and will come again. What we ache for most this season can’t be found between the pages of a magazine. The very gift we need most we already have!”
(from Come, Lord Jesus by Kris Camealy, Day 3)
It is easy to forget that which has already been provided to us.
“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” (James 1:17, NASB)
Not only does our heavenly Father not change, but the gifts He gives to His children have been consistent for all time. His Word remains the same and is truth which has been ringing out every year, reminding us He has given us the gift of His Son.
“Now you have every spiritual gift you need as you eagerly wait for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 1:7, NLT)
The hustle and bustle of the season is already ramping up. It can be seen in my mailboxes ”“ both real and virtual ”“ packed full with circulars and advertisements, all trying to tempt me to make my purchases with them.
As the call to hustle gets more insistent and increasingly louder,
I want to remember this ”“
He is the gift!