It had been a good Christmas morning. Wrapping paper littered the family room as the gifts, that moments earlier
had laid under our tree, had now been opened. I don’t remember a specific gift I received that Christmas, but I
remember being content and happy on that Christmas morning. My thoughts had turned towards Christmas
breakfast when my dad mentioned there was one gift we had not opened. He pointed to the foyer of our house
where a gift had been hidden from sight. My brother and I went to find it and began tearing it open. It was an
Intellivision video game system! (I know I am dating myself.) We were beyond excited! We forgot all about
Christmas breakfast and began setting up the system and playing the games that came with it. I will never forget
the surprise and joy of that memorable Christmas morning.
My dad loved to give gifts. It was his love language. He wasn’t the most verbally expressive of fathers, but he
showed his love through the gifts he gave. I think he was more excited about giving us that gift than we were in
receiving it! His smile filled the room as we played with the gift. Throughout his life, I remember other gifts that
my father gave my mom, my brother, other family members, friends and me. He loved the joy of giving gifts and
he loved the joy of the one who received the gift. My dad knew the importance of giving good gifts and bringing
joy to others through the giving.
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)
Our Father in heaven also knows how to give good gifts. Every blessing we have received in this life comes from
Him. He may give it to us through the means of other people, but it is still a gift from Him. Every material gift I
have received has been from God sent through someone else to bless me. My wife, Misty, is a great gift with
which God has blessed me. My son, Davidson, is a great gift given to me by the Father. The relationships I have
with my mom, brother and other family members is a gift. My friendship with my church family, friends, and
neighbors are all gifts that God has given to me. My home, car, and every material possession are blessings given
to me by God to use for His glory and purposes. My abilities and talents that I use at my job were given to me by
God to also use for His glory and purposes. God is the greatest giver. I could never adequately express my
thankfulness for the many gifts He has given to me.
God delights in His gift giving. He loves to bless His children. My dad’s joy in giving gifts was just a small reflection
of the incredible joy that our Father feels in giving gifts to His children. He is the giver of all good things and He is
thrilled to see us enjoy and savor what He has given.
This Christmas, as you receive gifts and experience the joy of the giving and receiving of gifts, take a moment and
reflect upon all of the gifts that God has given you. He is the good, good Father and He is the giver of all good gifts!