The Best Gift

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I can’t believer there’s only a few more days until Christmas. Where has the month gone??

That seems to be the question most people are asking.

I miss the three week long holiday breaks I had in college … why doesn’t corporate America follow suit?

Don’t answer that. Just let me dream.

I was thinking earlier about a few things happening in the next year that I have to look forward to.

My sister-in-law’s wedding, several of my friends’ weddings, watching my niece grow and develop into a cute toddler, a vacation or two…

There are many things that I’m excited for when I think ahead into the future. But even when there are no vacations or big events to attend, I still feel hopeful when I think ahead. I feel hopeful knowing that God is in control and that a life with Him is one of adventure.

But my heart goes out to those who are living with no hope. I ache for those who think of tomorrow with despair and question everyday whether there is any point in living one more day.

I can’t imagine life void of hope and joy.

I know I’ve had a very blessed life. My family, though full of our own problems, is supportive and loving and have always been there for me. I’ve always had a home, plenty of food on the table, clothes to wear, and good health.

But when my family is fighting, when possessions in my home have lost their luster, when food no longer satisfies, and when my health fails, I will be left with nothing if I have built my happiness on these things. My joy would vanish if these things were my treasures.

But I have fallen in love with much more. I have found a love that forever satisfies. I have found a joy that fills the deepest holes in my heart. I have found a hope that gives me reason to wake up every morning. I have found mercy that washes over my darkest sin. And it’s nothing I have purchased, nothing I can earn, nothing I have to be educated enough for, and nothing I “just got lucky enough” to have.

This hope and joy that I have is not just for me. There is nothing special about me that qualifies for a life of joy, more so than you.

This gift comes freely to all.

My prayer and “wish” this year is for all of you who feel hopeless; who look upon the next year with grief and a heavy heart.

May you find life, love, joy, and happiness in Christ. The one who died, so that you may find life. The one who breaks bondage and sets us free of ourself.

“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the light. No one comes to the Father except through me.'” John 14:6

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

Although I will most certainly enjoy opening gifts on Christmas morning, nothing can top the joy that comes from the best gift of all. I opened that one many years ago… have you?