This Advent, in expectation of the coming of Jesus, we’ll be using a simple metaphor, the gift, to guide us during our time in worship together. Each Sunday we’ll unwrap another part of what a gift truly means, in anticipation of the best gift God has ever given, the Christ child. I hope you’ll join us as we worship together!
Alongside the sermons I’ll be sharing, I want you to consider your own gifts to others. We know that gifts come in all different kinds of wrapping. Some are funny, others are rich with memory, while still others are just plain practical. Some are physical boxed gifts. Others are time and presence-related. Whether you give gifts now, wait until Christmas Day, or even hold off until later, I want you to consider one question. How does this gift (that is, whatever gift you are giving someone else) reflect the gift of the baby Jesus?
That is, does the gift I give to my parents, or my spouse, or my child, reflect the joy Jesus brings into my life? If it is a gift that anticipates something big, like the birth of a child, does that gift fill me with hope? There are many ways we can answer this simple question during this season of Advent, leading up to Christmas Day. If we consider every good and perfect gift coming down from God (as it says in James 1:16) then we might be surprised at how much rich meaning our gifts hold, and we might find ways to point further still to Jesus!
Grace and Peace,