Her name is Joy. Her home reflects the word. She takes great delight in decorating, and invited us all to walk through every room of her home to enjoy every detail. All we could say was, “Wow!”
We had gathered together once again. A group separated by the ending of our ten weeks together, by a variety of life’s circumstances and activities that take us in different directions. We studied “One Thousand Gifts” together and have made the word “eucharisteo” part of our vocabulary. We all nod knowingly when one of us shares about eucharisteo.
We were invited to Joy’s home. She wore an apron, and all evening she reminded us that she wore that apron because she was there to serve. By the end of this week, she will have invited five different groups of friends and neighbors into her home. I am confident that she told them all the same thing. She has made it her mission to serve the Lord and spread joy!
Love is always accompanied by joy and joy always serves us well.
We ate, we laughed, we shared stories, we took communion together and we gave gifts.
No tangible gifts. No planned gift exchange. Something much more valuable.
We gave the gift of encouragement.
We simply wrote down our names on a piece of paper and dropped them in a bowl.
We passed the bowl and drew out a name and spoke blessing into one another’s lives.
It was simple, thoughtful and personal. It was a gift from the heart. Is there anything better?
I thought about the time and effort and money we spend trying to get just the right thing to express our love to our family and friends at Christmas. Although I am usually a person of few spoken words, now I am thinking this is another wonderful way to really make Christmas meaningful.
Some of us in the room did not even know each other well. Some had only known each other for those 10 weeks. Yet each person was able to find positive traits in the person whose name they drew and speak encouraging words into their life.
Just as The Greatest Gift is God incarnate, so our greatest gift is that of ourselves. When we walk it out, when we embody what we believe, when we share that with others, this too is love incarnate. Maybe you, like me, would like to sit in a cozy living room chair, drink a cup of tea, and write a few things down that you’d like to share with those you love this Christmas. I would love to be an overflow of God’s grace this Christmas season. What about you? Abundance is gathering together, shared laughter, a word of encouragement.
Wanting to Give The Greatest Gift With You,