Thursday, December 23rd
This devotion is the written accompaniment to a video Advent message that can be viewed on our YouTube Channel by clicking HERE.
“Every good gift, every perfect gift, comes from above. These gifts come down from the creator of the heavenly lights, in whose character there is no change at all.” James 1:17
Imagine this with me. It’s like a package. It arrives on your porch. Do you leave it on the porch? Do you call the carrier and request a pickup? Do you carry the package inside? It’s entirely up to you. As for me, I want to see what’s inside.
Oh, look! It’s a beautifully wrapped package! A Christmas present! When I open the gift, God’s love pours out. Imagine that!
When you claim the gift, accept the gift, open the gift – God’s love is revealed, and your life is changed forever. The lives of those you touch with God’s love are changed forever too. All because you took the risk, accepted the gift, opened the gift, carried it into your home and into your heart.
Accept God’s gift of love and then pass it on. Don’t leave such a precious gift unattended and unopened on your porch or neglected and alone outside of your heart.
God of all good gifts, Creator of the best Christmas gift ever, Gift us with your love so that our hearts are changed and your love for all is revealed through us. This we pray. Amen.
Rev. Cynthia Klingemier,
Regional Elder OH District 4 and Commission on Ministry Team 1 Leader