“If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask!”
What are you getting your kids for Christmas? This is a question that can create quite a bit of stress for parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles. The pressure to buy the ‘right thing’, the ‘in thing’, the thing that can’t be bought for love nor money because the hype around it has made it like gold dust, is huge however silly we might think it. In fact the stress from this part of Christmas comes from a very laudable desire to give good things to our children. The definition of good things may have got a little lost in the advertising of toy manufacturers but the original aim is still a good one.
Jesus reminds us that we get this desire to provide good things for our children because we are made in God’s image. He loves to bless us with truly good things. We don’t have to send him a list or direct him to the page in the catalogue or even our wish list on Amazon- God knows what we need before we even know ourselves. He knows only too well the power of a well-chosen gift and longs to give them to us.
So lets relax a little about what we, and the children in our life may want, and look to our heavenly father for what we actually need.
Take time to feel God’s love surrounding you.
Take time out and do something really nice that you have wanted to do for a long time