The gift of love

My husband’s grandparents live in the country, about halfway between Dallas and Houston.

They have their share of health problems, so I was surprised to learn that my grandfather-in-law hopped in his truck and headed an hour away to Bryan-College Station this morning.

You see, he’s had multiple back surgeries this year, and it’s painful for him to ride in a car for long stretches.

But he had a reason to go this morning, on the Saturday before Christmas – one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

My youngest daughter recently placed her trust in Christ. She’s getting baptized on the first Sunday of 2015.

Papa Grant headed into the city today to buy her a Bible.

He didn’t know exactly where he was going. He called my mother-in-law, his daughter, to ask for directions to the Christian bookstore. My mother-in-law, who called to tell us the story, was astonished he made the journey to purchase a Bible. It’s not something he’s done before.

But he told her it was something he wanted to do.

The gift hasn’t been given yet, but I’m already grateful for it. I know that Bible will be treasured above all others because of the love behind it.

My husband’s grandfather is handing down something far more valuable than a few pages and some ink. He’s passing along a legacy of faith and the gift of love.

Isn’t that what Christmas is all about?

Before we knew the gift we were to receive, God purposed to send his Son as an atoning sacrifice for us. When we place our trust in the babe who was born in Bethlehem all those years ago, we are cleansed from our guilt and assured an eternity with God.

What greater gift can there be?

This Christmas, my wish for you is this – that you receive gifts of love from family and friends, but most of all, that you have a fresh assurance of the first gift of love – Jesus, sent for us.

Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace on men on whom his favor rests.
Luke 2:15

Let’s talk: What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?

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