But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
(2 Corinthians 3:18)
Mary and a wise man “clinked” to the floor of the manger after a stray meteor of balled wrapping paper struck near the base of our Christmas tree.
Dad’s slippers crunched on remnants of wrapping paper as he walked through the wake of our whirring, laughter riddled, tornado of frenzied present-ripping. The room quieted except for the light background Christmas music.
Dad suddenly called, “Kids, come here!” Sis and I raced to the kitchen as our smiling mom followed. Our jaws dropped in disbelief as Dad filmed our open mouths and saucer-shaped eyes.
We never dreamed we would receive such beautiful bicycles. Our loving parents gave and gave of themselves. We appreciated such wonderful gifts but grew to appreciate the givers even more.
Jesus provided a way to appreciate our giving Heavenly Father. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. (Revelation 3:20 KJV).
Is Jesus knocking on the door of your heart? Will you open?
Author: Brian Veneklase
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we want to know you better. Forgive us for focusing on gifts that distract me from beholding our loving Giver.