“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23, NIV)
One king held the frankincense, one king held the myrrh.
One king held the purest gold, and one King held the hope of the world.
I was inspired to write this while at my sister’s last weekend, helping her clean her house and prepare for the holidays. As I was dusting the window shades, I thought back to how I used to clean her house to earn extra money during my jobless days in seminary. What a gift it was to have a beautiful, comfortable, and free place to stay on the weekends that I had class in Charlotte.
Seasons change rapidly, and here I am in my third year as a counselor. Yet it’s a season when many of our thoughts are turned toward gifts—those we desire to bless others with, and yes, those we secretly anticipate receiving too! So, it’s no wonder I’ve been pondering the idea of gifts. Greater than any I might receive in the next week is the gift I’ve been given of watching God work in the lives of many women over these three years—my own included. I have seen Him work in miraculous, supernatural ways, and I’ve witnessed His quiet whisper and gentle touch change the heart of a hurting woman to give her great hope. One client recently gave me a precious gift as she shared the following:
“How can I say thank you? There are no words to let you know how much your presence in my life has helped me through the darkest days of my life. I honestly don’t know what I would have done during this time without you. Thank you for speaking into my life, praying with me, and encouraging me to focus on Christ and to hold on to what He says. Dark corners of my world were exposed that I had tried to hide from others, even myself. As I move on, I will keep your words of faith in my heart.”
Financial gifts which so many of you have been faithful to send have made it possible to help women like the one above, who otherwise would never have been able to come weekly for over six months to push through the pain of her marital separation. Praise God, her husband has begun moving back toward her in an effort of reconciliation and restoration of their marriage!! I’m not sure you realize the huge impact even the smallest financial gift is to this ministry!
Of course, the greatest gift of all is the truth of what this season ushers in—God coming to earth as a baby as part of His perfect plan, designed before the foundation of the world, to offer us the gift of salvation! My prayer for you and for me is that this Christmas our hearts would be focused on the one gift that is not wrapped and hidden under the tree, but one that is freely offered and too magnificent to ever contain in a box with wrapping paper! You are in my prayers during this most wonderful time.