Tuesday, December 12, 2006
The best gift of all
Today we were at the post office waiting for Kevin to get the mail. I knew by the length of time he was taking that there had to be a parcel waiting for us. You know what that means ~ presents! I told the kids that I thought we might be getting some Christmas presents in the mail. Hannah just smiled her sweet little smile (the one that tells me she's humouring me. Really, how can a four, almost five, year old already have perfected that?!). But Ethan's reaction was the best. His eyes lit up and his jaw literally dropped. I'm pretty sure his mouth could not have been open any wider! I love seeing Christmas through his two year old eyes.
That makes me stop and think about my own reaction. I love Christmas. But honestly, I get so caught up in the busyness of having to get my shopping done (although, I've been pretty much done since November. Just in case you've forgotten!), doing the mandatory baking, getting the presents wrapped, the house decorated, and trying to maintain some sanity in the midst of it all, that I can go for days overlooking what all this fuss is really about.
When's the last time the miracle of what God did for us make my jaw drop in awe and amazement?
It is my prayer for myself, for my family, and for all of you, that while we finish preparing for the big day ~ because it is totally worth celebrating ~ that we will be consumed with wonderment over God's gift of life to us through Jesus' birth. And that out of reponse to that, we will be driven to give our best for Him, because He gave His best to us.
And on Christmas Day, maybe, just maybe, our jaws will drop in amazement, too.