The Best Present Ever

the-christ-child-birth“He it is who remembered us in our lowly circumstances, for his gracious love is everlasting—” (Psalm 136:23)

When I was a child we didn’t have a lot of material items. We lived in a dilapidated old farm house with no indoor plumbing. Until our father installed a bathroom and plumbing, we had to use a pump to draw water and use the outhouse. But choosing to remember the good, it did have a charming pot belly stove in the dining room and a fireplace in the living room.

One day, just before Christmas, the fireplace caught fire and we lost most if not all our presents that year. We were grateful our home didn’t burn to the ground but what did survive smelled like smoke.

One night as we were returning home, there was a note attached to our front door. It told us to walk around to the side of our house and lift up the storm door. There, lo and behold, we found it filled with gifts of warm clothes, quilts, food, stuffed animals and other toys! I can’t remember who gave us those gifts but decades later, it was the memory of finding those precious gifts that meant the most to me.

At that time, we could have sent the presents back, but did we? No, wouldn’t we be fools to do so? So we embraced those gifts as a true love offering from someone who cared and wanted to brighten up our holiday, allowing us to forget the sorrow of our past.

I am not poor anymore and have accumulated much over my lifetime. But sometimes I wonder how many materialistic items do I need in life? In the year 2000, after deciding to become fulltime RV’ers, we sold almost everything we owned. I looked over all those items and thought, it’s just stuff. (Basically the only items we kept were memories in a 5×7 storage unit.)

How much “stuff” do you need? Most items will fade or be given away and all this eventually will turn to dust. But memories should last forever. That memory warmed my soul and turned a tragedy into a kindness I never forgot.

This Christmas Season I urge you to enjoy all the true Joy which God wants us to possess. But please don’t get so caught up in the frivolity of the gift-giving and “who got what” that we forget the True Meaning of the Season.

“”For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”  (John 3:16)

God gave us the best present of all; one which will never fade away. He gave His Only Son that we may believe and accept God’s Gift of Eternal Life. But not all will accept and believe. Some will be foolish, rejecting a very special gift which is far greater than any we received after our chimney fire. I look forward to an eternity thanking God for the Best Gift of All! Accept God’s Precious Gift today and experience True Joy.

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8 thoughts on “The Best Present Ever

  1. Oh Ellie, what a beautiful post. How special that story from your childhood was and the miracle you received after disaster, something to cherish forever. And good reminders.
    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and happiness, health and lots of joy for the coming year. ❤

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  2. We need only essentials. When flying, everything essential fits in one suitcase because we have to decrease our attempts to have more outfits than we can wear and more items than we ever will use. One also can sleep only on one bed at a time and wear only one pair of shoes and one coat, so on. We get loads of unnecessary stuff collected over years for “just in case”. We would save so much of resources if we could cut it down to some reasonable level. Your way of life is smart.
    Happy 2017! https://inesepogalifeschool.com/

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    • Your comment reminds me of The Accidental Tourist. Did you ever read the book or see the movie? William Hurt plays a repressed travel writer who says the same thing, it’s one of my favorite movies and books but not everyone likes it. I think you would though, 🙂 Thank you for being such a faithful reader of my posts this past year. I so appreciate you, your comments and your smile, ❤ Happy 2017!

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