Day 15 ~Advent Countdown - In His Word 12-15-2023

 Day 15 ~ Advent Countdown-In His Word  12-15-2023 

Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of all he created. James 1:16-18

Every time we try to get the best gift, the perfect gift, we are  competing against God. He is the only one who gives the perfect gift. That perfect salvation, that perfect love that gives it to us. Only God can do that. So many people do the whole search for the best, pay the most kind of thing during this time of year that really is not necessary.

When my kids were young we would try to give them three things, one need, one desire and one article of clothing.  I am not sure where I got the idea of the number, maybe to keep them from getting too many things each year. Through the years it expanded a bit here and there and went back to the main three. I had a few years, I am not afraid to admit, that I tried to out do myself with meeting the kids desires, but then there were times that I realized it was not necessary. We had years we made most of the things under and on the trees. Those things were the best because they came from the heart. When my kids made things for their grandparents it gave them smiles, just like when they made things for me and my husband.

When we think of the gifts at Christmas we need to think of the One gift that God gave us. That is the gift that we all really need to give again and again! The Gift of Love, sent to earth to save us from our sins and open the possibility for eternal life! Only God can do that, even through us, in His love.