Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change, James 1:17, ESV.
Please don’t send me any hate mail or quit reading because of what I am about to say. It is exactly six months until Christmas! When you have nineteen nieces and nephews you cannot wait until the week before Christmas to do the shopping, so I look forward to this date every year as a reminder to check the Christmas list and check which ones I still need to shop for, and which ones are set and ready in my gift closet.
I do look forward to Christmas. It’s not the presents that get me really excited, although I do enjoy giving gifts. It’s the time spent with friends and family. It’s time to see the twinkling lights and enjoy the decorations. It’s time to have special outings and socials. Our church choir starts practicing for the Cantata in September, and that gives us time to see each other and reconnect after a long summer. Family members get in touch, or get together, for the holidays and friends have parties or special occasions to see each other. Yes, sometimes it is busy, but it is good to be active and connecting with others. And so, I start planning for those times in June.
I wonder if our Savior looks forward to June 25th too. Besides being a day He has created, I stop and think if He hopes that we will remember. Will we remember that He came, not just at Christmas, and will we live each day in light of His gift? Will we stop and spend some time planning ahead, and looking forward to celebrating with the friends and family He has given us? Does He hope for us to spend time thanking Him during the summer, when there aren’t constant reminders of the holidays, food, lights and decorations, and fun? Does He wait for us to pause and take a moment to think about what He has done and what good gifts He has given us?
I hope He does, and I hope we will. It’s good to have June 25th to remind us that we can be thankful for the good gifts He gives each day, not just at the holidays. It’s good to look forward to what is coming in just a few short months. After all, Christmas will be here before we know it!
Thought-provoker: Do we have reminders that help us to be grateful for relationships and God-given gifts? Are we grateful more often than just December?
Lord, thank You for loving us so much that You give us good things all year, not just at Christmas. As we reach the halfway mark of this year, help us to live gratefully through the rest of the year and to show others just how good You are. In Jesus’ name, Amen.