Friday, December 16, 2011

The Perfect Gift

In my family a few years ago we started doing our Christmas Gift Giving in a slightly different way. We used to buy gifts for everyone, but that got too expensive. Then we started drawing names and making lists, but some complained that you always knew what you were getting and what if you found the perfect gift for someone who wasn't on your list? So what do we do now? We call it "miscellaneous gifts." You buy whatever you want, bring it, wrap it, put a clue on it, and then we draw numbers for the opening order and away we go!

Personally, it makes it very hard to shop. It's much easier to shop when you know who you're buying for; but when you're supposed to find some "random" or misc. gift that a majority of people in your family might like, it makes it a real challenge. You might find something that 1 person would like, but nobody else. Each year that goes by makes it harder as well; as we've kind of exhausted the flashlights, pocket knives and gadgets category (for the guys).

But what if you could find the perfect gift for someone? What if you were able to know exactly what someone really wanted...maybe they didn't even know they wanted it, but then they open the gift and they are overcome that someone would know them so well as to find the perfect present, one they had never thought of but now that they see it wonder how they could ever survive without it?

The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death
a light has dawned.

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the LORD Almighty
will accomplish this.
(Isaiah 9:2, 6-7)

Hmmm...the perfect gift, indeed.

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