My family and I aren’t buying gifts for each other this year, partly because we are in the process of moving out of state and don’t need anything else to pack. The other reason is because though the love and care behind gifts is wonderful, I’m starting to prefer giving the gift of my time to those I love, rather than something they don’t need and probably don’t want. We all have too much stuff!
There does seem to be a biblical precedent for this. Jesus didn’t come with physical gifts, nor did he didn’t promise power, wealth or fame. His gift was the gift of himself, the light of the world.
I love James 1:16-18 in The Message: “So, my very dear friends, don’t get thrown off course. Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light. There is nothing deceitful in God, nothing two-faced, nothing fickle. He brought us to life using the true Word, showing us off as the crown of all his creatures.”
Whether or not you are giving Christmas gifts, take time to receive the rivers of light cascading down from God. It’s light that will brighten your life all year long and keep you safe in his love. No returning or dusting required.