And the Gift goes on.....
The lights in their little eyes sparkle with delight as they run down the stairs and stand in awe. The anticipation, anxiety and much awaiting morning has finally arrived. They all sit patiently waiting for the ok to dive in and see if their wish came true.
I sit cuddled in my blanket in pure joy watching my children and the excitement beaming from within. The gifts go on and on and the laughter and joy seem to circulate throughout the room.
It was a day filled with worship, love and laughter. We had the honor of going to church on Christmas day and celebrating the birth of a King; the reason we even have Christmas.
Without that first precious gift, no other gift would be worth giving.
The day went on as our children quietly explored their new activities and dad so patiently put many together. Our youngest however was not feeling well, so I found myself gently holding him as he faded off to sleep in my arms.
I couldn't help but imagine that night in the manger; that night that Mary so gently held our Savior. The night that our World was forever changed with a gift. A gift that goes on forever. I wonder if Mary knew as she looked into His eyes that she held the world. She held the gift that was born to die.
She held the one gift that was born to go on forever and ever......
I imagine how so many get wrapped up in all that Christmas is not and forget to place the most important gift under their tree. I love Christmas and all of the traditions that come along with it, but if we leave Christ out, it's just another day.
The most amazing thing about that very first gift was that it was the gift of eternal life. It was the gift of forever.....
It is a gift that so many need and so many need to give and continue to give.
It is the gift that goes on and on and on.....
It is the gift of LOVE.