So what is in your stocking? Did you get awesome gifts from Santa? Did you get showered with big presents and have a grand old time? Or did you have some of those special gifts that you weren’t expecting on Christmas Day?
I, for one, only asked for one thing – yes one - Crazy Love by Francis Chan. I could borrow it from a friend but I wanted my own copy – see I don’t blast through books quickly I take (at a snails pace) my time. I do better with children’s books (maybe I shouldn’t admit that but I do) its a hobby and hopefully a career of mine. So I wanted my own copy of this book. But on Christmas Eve/Christmas morning (and the day after) I got more than I expected or asked for.
Those are my two cheeriest gifts. Anyone who knows me well knows that I love snowmen as a matter of fact my Jim Shore snowman is out all year long and so is my snowman plaque. Its not because I am not fond of Santa or even Jesus at Christmas – I just love snow, the quietness, the magical crisp and sparkling hue of snow. Its calming and reflective. So my snowmen made my Christmas cheerier!
Now on to the books – I had been wanting to read Crazy Love by Francis Chan and asked for it specifically for Christmas – but I also got One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. So during the quiet still of winter I will have some great reading to do.
Along with the crazy love of God – there is my crazy love for Steve. We have been together for “a million years” and unfortunately we are not able to spend every waking minute together but along with God, (my creator, first and foremost) Steve has my heart.
I also received a pair of swirly silver earrings, a purple shirt, some cozy socks, a poncho and a sweater. And my other great love, coffee, I have another travel cup to add to my collection (I leave them at church all the time – but that’s ok it will keep me coming back).
These are just some of the highlights of gifts I cherished and never expected this Christmas. Gifts given, unexpected and undeserved – yet given freely out of grace, sacrifice and LOVE. Just like Jesus – His grace freely given, His Life , a sacrifice and His redemption is priceless and HIS LOVE is awesome.