No question about it we live in fast-paced days filled with multiple decisions and choices. Every morning we wake with an agenda for what we believe the day requires. During these final weeks of the year, the list of activities seems to grow longer and the temptation to become consumed with projects grows stronger. If we aren’t careful we will realize too late we have missed our people in the process of producing. 

“Every good and perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”  James 1:17

I want to refocus and live each day as a wondrous gift from my generous Heavenly Father. Will you join me?

Immanuel: God with Us

His presence in our lives is as sure as the sunrise. All around us, both day and night, He has set constant reminders to assure us we are not alone. Not only is His presence all around us, but He is also actually within us. Emmanuel, God with us, is our constant companion.

These thoughts are humbling as I realize how many times I rush right past Jesus. How could I overlook the King of Kings in my midst? It’s not surprising when my focus is on what is seen instead of the unseen, or I’m distracted and preoccupied with the temporary. How could I be so blind to the beauty of His holiness in the midst of my ordinary?

Today, I want to encourage you to stop and look carefully. Can you see your Father’s good gifts piled up around you? Look into the face of loved ones, lonely ones, lost ones. Look closely and see the image of God in every single person you encounter today.  See His love for you in the encounters with others. Look around at the beauty of the earth. Clear skies or cloudy, He is displaying His handiwork in every detail of creation. When the moon begins to climb and brighten the night sky with shimmering stars playing backup, rest in this; no matter how dark the circumstances, your Heavenly Father is always there. He does not shift or change, and that is a gentling and comforting truth.

Worshipping the Giver

Open your eyes to the Giver. In Him you see perfect love motivating and moving Him. His heart towards you and me gives good and perfect gifts. It means nothing given from our Father’s hand is inferior or deficient – nothing. What He gives me always excellent and perfect. Focusing on the Giver makes the gift more precious and beautiful, more sacred.  After all, the hand and heart that gave to me are my heavenly Father’s.

Praise the Giver of all things great and small. Will you look carefully for His generosity and goodness lavished on you today? All around are personal expressions and reminders that you are the object of His devotion and perfect love. He’s inviting us to slow down, climb into His open arms and receive His most “indescribable gift – Jesus Christ His Son.” (2 Cor. 9:15) Thanks be to God.