Good Gifts

 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he asks a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?

 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?

 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?                                                                                              Luke 11:11-13 (KJV)

The Christmas season makes us think about giving gifts to those we love. I suppose that one may need to experience parenthood to understand the depth of the desire to give good gifts to our children. How many parents in the Christmas season make a sacrifice of some kind so that their child or children can get good gifts? Indeed, as we grow older, the joy of giving gifts far exceeds that of receiving gifts.

I remember when I was about thirteen years old and had actually made my own money from a paper route. I was so excited that Christmas to actually be able to give gifts that I had bought with my own money (and yes, some borrowed from my older sister). “Mom will sure like that pen I bought her that has (the recently slain) President Kennedy’s picture on it!”; “Dad will really like this cool glass ashtray!” I was able to experience the joy of giving then, but that has been far outstripped by the joy of seeing my kids (and now grandkids) open presents that we buy for them.

Jesus knew this when he told the story about gifts he wants to give to us. He knew that we want the very best for our children, and that we would never give then anything that could cause them hurt or pain.

So, remember this Christmas season that our heavenly father sent us the best gift possible, and he enjoys seeing us receive the best gifts.

Prayer: Father, thank you for the gift of your son, which we celebrate this week, Amen.

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