The Gift of Grace

Devotional by Dayspring

The Gift of Grace

Jesus Is Full Of Grace

For it is by grace you have been saved,
through faith – and this not from yourselves,
it is the gift of God.
Ephesians 2:8

One Thousand Gifts
- An Invitation to Thankfulness -

It was a dare, like a love dare of sorts, and I take it one clear November morning. It is the beginning of list season. Lists of holiday menus, handmade projects, have-to-buys.

She dares me, and I don’t blink. Could I write a list of a thousand things I love? I read her line again. To name one thousand blessings – one thousand gifts – is that what she means?

I grab a scrap paper and flip it over. Across the backside, on a whim, a dare, I scratch it down: Gift List. Not of gifts I want to buy but of gifts I already have.
Every year I get a little more disgusted with the commercialism of Christmas, or is that the holiday that no one is allowed to say “Christmas”? Think about it, if it weren’t for Christ, there would be no reason to celebrate in the first place. So to try and take Him out of the reason for the season, would be like taking lead out of a pencil, it just would have no point!
The whole idea of celebrating Christmas to draw our attention to the love gift that God sent for all mankind to have salvation. Now whether or not you have received it in your heart, you are still free to recognize the meaning. Christmas is not about “Me” and what I want to get but this is what it has become. The spirit of giving and the spirit of love comes from God and this is the spirit we are to celebrate Christmas. To know Christ Jesus and the value of His gift that He died to give the world is surely a time to be thankful for that gift that He freely gave to us and after all, isn’t the gift of eternal life worth more than any other gift you could ever receive or hope to get?
May we learn to slow down and give thanks to the One Who gave His all for us. This is the true meaning of Christmas. I pray we can all be an extension of His hands and feet and remember those who are in dire need today. You’ll be surprised how wonderful it will make you feel to help someone in need. Now that is a gift you can’t put a price tag on!!
Merry Christmas!!

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