“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” 2 Corinthians 9:15 (NKJV)
It’s still my favorite Christmas memory.
I was five years old and Mom, Dad, and I had just finished watching “The Flintstones”, which was one of my favorite cartoons. I actually wanted to go to bed early because, well, it was Christmas Eve and Santa was on his way!
I remember Dad sitting at the foot of my bed, asking me if I was excited for Santa to come. (This was actually because HE was excited for Santa to come!) Mom snuggled next to me in her peaceful Mom way.
Suddenly, in the midst of the calm, there was a flash of light in the hallway and the sound of jingle bells and footsteps! I recall the feeling of wonder and even at the age of five, the feeling that this was something special.
When the sounds faded into the distance, Dad turned to me and exclaimed “Santa Claus was here! Want to go and see what he brought you?!” I turned to Mom, who was smiling and shaking her head in agreement, as the three of us hurried into the living room and……..
Wondering what happened next?
I can’t tell you if there was one present under the tree or ten.
I can’t tell you a single thing Santa brought.
But, the love I felt that night with Mom and Dad?
I can feel it even now.
You see, that Christmas memory was all about their presence…not the presents.
And it’s a gift that I will keep with me the rest of my life.
Sure, the material stuff is fantastic at first…but let’s be real…eventually it wears out, goes out of style, needs updated, upgraded, is lost, stolen, broken, forgotten and honestly, just not cool anymore.
Memories, on the other hand, never grow old.
Pause right now and think about your favorite memory.
Do you ever get tired of sharing it?
Do you ever get tired of hearing it?
So, who needs the gift of your presence this Christmas?
No, not the gift card.
The gift of Y-O-U?
Even if it’s a phone call from far away.
Just something to remind them that you love them.
You know what I mean.
Because nothing takes the place of you.
Dear friend, let’s not get lost in the presents and miss the presence.
The presence of the ones we are celebrating with.
And the presence of The One we are celebrating.
The Greatest Gift of all.
Spread your joy,