Christmastime brings memories of unexpected surprises.  True gifts communicate.  They speak.  They tell of love and concern.  They demonstrate understanding.  They meet deep needs.  They are undeserved.  During the days of my college poverty, I had difficulty keeping my car gassed and in good repair.  A family at the church I was serving, the Neely’s, had taken me into their home.  They shared their lives with me, and came to know my heart.  One day to my surprise, Bill Neely managed to sneak my car keys from my office.   At the time I was driving a old 1967 VW Beetle.  It was well-worn and rarely had a full tank of gas. I’d had troubles with it off and on the whole time I owned it.  I couldn’t complain.  I purchased it for $375 two years earlier on Christmas break.  I nicknamed my rattle-trap “Herbie” hoping this little car might have the same determination as the movie car. It was not to be.  Bill knew.  Not because I told him. He was interested, and genuinely cared about me.

Unbeknown to me, he took my car, had it checked out and repaired, and then returned it gassed and ready to go.  He arranged to have my secretary return my keys to their original location. I had no idea what had happened until I put the key in the ignition.  Hey, where did that gas come from?  Is the gauge broken?  Then I turned the key, and Herbie purred like a quiet kitten.  It normally sounded like a spoon had fallen into the disposal. At first, I didn’t even know who had taken care of it.  Later in the day, I ran into Bill at the house and his smile gave him away.  Gifts.

True gifts of love all point to the gift given by the lover of our souls,…

6Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
7but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father. –Philippians 2

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Sandy on January 8, 2017 at 2:40 am

    Grateful for the Greatest Gift.


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