Remembering to “unwrap” All the presents

Like most fathers, I can remember waiting anxiously each Christmas as my kids excitedly worked their way through the boxes of wrapped presents scattered like confetti all over our bonus room floor. Screams of excitement and peals of laughter as they joyfully embraced one loving family member after another for their “AWESOME” gifts. I was anxious to see if they had found the “special” gift yet. Knowing that there would be one super amazing and perfectly chosen present that would be their “favorite” of all time, yet to be discovered.

I was anxious to see if they would be half as excited as I was for their new prize, and I was anxious to not “miss the moment” with my camera, to capture their pure joy for all time. Usually they were every bit as satisfied as I had hoped and in those seconds of unprotected happiness , my Christmas present was delivered.

Joy, Gratitude, Fulfillment.

When I could see the absolutely amazing looks of shock and awe as they tore open the ” I didn’t think anyone would ever get me” present! It was my super-thrill moment of the year as a stand-in for Santa Claus. I know you understand what I mean.

I would be careful to make sure the “special” gift was hidden in the deeper part of the present pile under or even behind the tree, and  sometimes I wrapped it in an odd sized box or padded it with something soft to hide it’s shape. Knowing the kiddos would be making repeated investigations before dawn on Christmas day, sneaking to shake all their presents each night for hints as to what lay hidden inside.

Funny how as parents, we get to see a side of God that our kids can’t yet. The side of His amazing delight at our finding His “special” gift. Of our surprise at the odd and surprising way He wraps it up for us to finally discover.

Matthew 7:7-11 (ESV) – source Biblegateway.com

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”

Christmas is a story within a story, one that never stops being “unwrapped”. We celebrate those we love, and the Joy of Life and Family together. We remember the “first special” gift that came from above and we learn over a lifetime of how amazing and incomparable that gift of TRUE LIFE, really was…is and will be for us.

Virgin and baby Jesus by Andrea Mantegna

Virgin and baby Jesus by Andrea Mantegna

Let’s remember to “unwrap” our “Special gift” this year and to help our kids do the same. It’s the gift of Joy and Peace and true satisfaction. The gift that comes in so many various odd sizes and in an infinite number of hidden ways, just like the baby born to a poor, unwed mother in a barn near Bethlehem two thousand years ago.

Merry Christmas RTP!

Pastor Brad.

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