I watch my grandchildren 2 days a week while their Mama works. I love knowing her sweet babies in such an intimate way, and I enjoy keeping them. By allowing me to care for her kiddos, I know my daughter has given me a gift.
We are entering into the season when we think more about gifts. Autumn is in full-swing, and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. We slow down just long enough on Turkey Day to count our blessings, and then we rush out the next day to grab all the deals we can find for more gifts. Instead of looking forward to the holidays with joy, we often complain and dread their arrival.
But the gifts I value the most cannot be bought at any store. There are no deals on Black Friday to purchase the items I treasure.
Daughters. Husband. Grandchildren. Moms. Extended Family. Friends. Community.
Not one thing on my list. Am I thankful for my house, my car, my things? Of course, but if they were all lost, and I only had my people, I would be a grateful, satisfied, and blessed woman. Thankful for the gifts in my life.
There is one other person on my list. The most important gift I possess.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Jesus Christ. Eternal life.
God’s gift to us.
The best gifts don’t come with a barcode.