The Perfect Gift of Love


I love my personal Christmas tradition. It involves carving out time to snuggle up on the couch with a hot drink, just to watch my favourite Christmas movies; "Home Alone 1 & 2". One of the parts that I have been recently reflecting on is at the end of the second movie. The main character Kevin, finally lays eyes on his family after being stranded in New York City alone. While everyone is settled in, he and his cousin fear there are no presents for the family! After all, what's Christmas without gifts?

I personally know of people who choose not to carry on the tradition of giving gifts to others at Christmas time. Instead, they choose to focus on spending time with their family, eating lots of food, and giving back to the community.

Christmas reminds us of the importance of giving. 

When we read the story of Jesus' birth, the wise men offerered gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh (Matt 2:1-12).  They offered what was best and honourable to the One in whom they believed was worthy.

We too carry on this tradition by exchanging gifts with one another. But what's even more important to note, Jesus has also exercised this practise by the giving of Himself- in the gift of grace.

Wrapped in swaddling clothes was Christ's gift of grace to humanity.

Grace is our pardon from eternal damnation.

Grace is our way to freedom.

And grace is Christ's emblem of love.

I think it's safe to say, I spent far too much time making wish lists for my parents as a child; wishing for a new bike, a new doll, or a new video game. As I moved into teenage hood, my wish list became focused on clothes, music and make-up. 

But now as adult, my wish list looks very different. I've grown to appreciate my health, my family and my loved ones. I have come to value my peace and laughter.

These are gifts we can offer to one another, not just in this holiday season, but even beyond!

Why not share our gift of love to others? Why not share our time with someone who needs a helping hand? Why not give what we have to those less fortunate? Why not laugh with the people around us?

Why not share Christ's gift to humanity to a person who needs hear it?

This Christmas season, reflect on the gifts you already have. You know, your home, family, friends, and warm clothes. Then stretch your imagination a little bit further... Think of ways you are able to give of yourself to others.

"Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow (James 1:17)."

Jesus Christ is the good and perfect gift offered to us and we are His. In the same way, let us offer ourselves to others as a perfect gift of love.