“Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.” II Corinthians 9:15

The Bible doesn’t tell us the time of the year that Christ was born, but this day, December 25 has been chosen for us to celebrate His birth. We do so by giving and receiving gifts.

No doubt most of us gathered around the Christmas tree with our family this morning to open gifts. There were probably packages of all sizes, brightly wrapped and decorated with ribbon. We might have tried to guess what was in each one by its size and shape, and if we gave into our inner child, we might have tried to shake it, hoping to reveal what it held.

Our pastor has been preaching on the Carols of Christmas this month, and he made a statement in one sermon that really resonated with me: “Don’t judge the size of the gift because of the size of the package.” Sometimes the smaller packages may contain the most valuable gifts.

The greatest gift that mankind has ever received came in the package of a small baby, born in a stable in Bethlehem on that first Christmas. How wonderful that He was willing to be born in such a humble manner, in order to bring us salvation. How thankful we should be for this greatest gift of all.

Prayer: Thank you Lord for the gifts we have received and for the time we have with family at this Christmas season. Thank you, most of all, for the greatest gift of salvation.

Devotion by Anne Johnston


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