Advent Devotional: Saturday, December 21

Dianne Stillwell

Saturday, Third Week of Advent: Joy
December 21, 2013

"$80. That's the cost," I told her. "The American Girl doll bed you want to get her is $80. That is a lot of money! Are you sure you don't want to consider something else? Kelsey would be thrilled with something a little less extravagant."

"No, I want to save my money and get it for her. She would love it and Molly would finally have her own bed!"
So the savings began.

Every so often, Brittany would stop to see how close she was to reaching her goal. Just a few more chores and savings should do the trick.

Eventually, her goal was reached and the order was placed. She could hardly wait for it to come in the mail!  She would often speak of the envisioned delight that would be on Kelsey's face and of her anticipated squeals as Kelsey would open her special gift!  Now the hard part came...waiting for Christmas and keeping it a secret!
Finally, it was Christmas Eve and Kelsey had gone upstairs to bed. It was time to set up the pretty, blue, wooden bed with crisp white sheets, orange and pink plaid blanket, and matching pillows under the Christmas tree with a special tag attached: Merry Christmas! To Kelsey, with love. From Brittany.

For me, I am not sure which thrilled my heart more; to be a part of the process in watching the giver be so excited with love and anticipation or in watching the receiver burst with pride and love in appreciation of the gift!

We've all had those special gifts that we have been so excited to give to someone special. Do you think God's desire to give us his very best gift is, in a very small way, a little like this? Was it all part of his plan? Did he wait for just the right moment to share his most precious gift with all of humanity? Did he stand near-by to see the delight and awe on our faces as we beheld his glory?  Did heaven and earth rejoice upon the newborn king's arrival? All this and so much more!!!  

All he wants in return from us, is to receive, with love, his most precious gift, His Son!

Joy to the world! The Lord is come! Let Heaven and nature sing. Let Heaven and nature sing!

This Christmas, may you, too, delight in the giving and receiving of gifts, as we reflect upon the greatest gift ever given, Jesus! Rejoice!

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid.’ I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you, he is Christ the Lord. Luke 2: 10-11