Can you believe that another Christmas has come and gone? Thankfully all around there are still the lingering effects of Christmas to be seen. In my house I still have a few presents to mail (whoops), my Christmas tree still stands tall and there are presents waiting to be put away in many rooms.
I love Christmas. There is something about the possibility of snow, of friends and family surrounding me, and the reminder of God being with me that I can’t help but love. One of my favorite parts of Christmas is the gifts. What I love about gifts at Christmas is the time and intentionality behind them. Personally, I probably love giving gifts more than I love getting them. I find great joy in spending time thinking of a gift, making or preparing the gift, wrapping it and seeing their face when they open it. If I see something and it makes me think of you… you will probably receive it as a gift. To me giving gifts is an extension of my relationship and knowing you. Giving gifts is personal, and unique to each person.
This Christmas there are two presents that stand out to me just due to the nature of the gift. Over the past few years I can tell you each year the specific gift that really hit and impacted me. This year there were two: a hand crafted nativity set from Niger and a hammock. As much as the importance was in the gifts themselves, it was more for me about the personal story and background to each gift that touched my heart.
This Christmas at our church we choose to focus on the gift that is Jesus, God’s love to us. As Pastor Heidi was sharing on the gift of God’s love, she shared that God’s love for us is individual, unique and special for each of person. Just as God made each of us uniquely in His image, His love for us interacts with each individual in much the se same way. Much like my love of giving gifts that are specific and unique to the people I hold dear, God’s gifts of love to us are the same. How Jesus covers us with His love and salvation is unique and specific for each of us; He know us, He sees us, He loves us as we are and His love meets us in ways that covers us and our peculiarities just right!
I’ve been thinking about this for the past three days and I am so thankful for a God who loves me uniquely. He loves my silly sense of humor and my odd quirks. He doesn’t just love the uniqueness of who I am, I am a part of who He is and His love for me covers all of who I am. His love meets, mirrors and covers who I am completely and uniquely.
My prayer this morning for you is that:
- You would know that you (and your eccentricities) are a part of the character of God. You are made in His image… your quirks included!
- That God’s love for you is as unique as your personality is. His love can handle all of you and covers every nook and cranny of who you are.
God’s gift of love in Jesus is for ALL, and yet, He uniquely is gifting you with a love that can meet you just as you are, where you are, and encompasses the vastness of your idiosyncrasies.