I love planning, preparing and buying gifts for our times of celebration. I prepare months in advance for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Birthdays, Graduations, Mother's Day, Father's Day and our one married child's anniversary. I sacrifice in other areas in order to be able to buy a special, well-thought-out and searched-for gift to make the guest of honor feel celebrated. This last week gave me two occasions to celebrate my sons' lives.
This week wasn't any different, even though it hit just after Christmas, I want my guys to feel celebrated. I threw a party at our 5-year-old's Kids Day Out program. I provided lunch, birthday cupcakes and goody bags for the children. I explained to my son that he probably wouldn't receive any gifts. This was my gift to his friends and him.
To my surprise, some parents had sent gifts. His teacher brought the gifts to the table for him to unwrap. (Don't we all enjoy unwrapping a gift and being celebrated? I don't think you ever grow too old for that).
One little girl looked round and round the room with a sad, disappointed look on her face. She then cried out, "Where is my gift for him?" She was so disappointed she had nothing to give. My heart went out to her as I reached out my hands of comfort.
I too, would never think to come to a celebration empty-handed or forget a special loved one by the lack of evidence of a gift.
Each day, I pull my chair up to the banquet table of my Lord and Savior. I eat from His goodness. He allows me to enter into the celebration and bring a sacrificial gift of myself. How many times do I just take from Him? How many times do I not offer my time, my talents, my money, my love, my thankfulness to the one who gives me life? No gift of appreciation from me... I come to the party and enjoy the well-prepared meal and the goody bags without giving to the guest of honor. May my heart be like the little girl saying, "where is my gift for the King?"
Thanks to you all for the most precious birthday wishes and greetings...you made my entrance into the new decade more than enjoyable.