Sunday, December 27, 2009

How Great is the Love

Michael and I had a ridiculous amount of fun choosing gifts for our girls. We carefully planned each gift in hopes that each of them would receive maximum delight on Christmas morning. We actually giggled to each other, thinking about how much fun they'd have with their gifts. We know them well, so choosing good gifts was really a cinch; and truthfully, they really have been delighted with the gifts they have received. (Phoebe has declared her gifts "wonduhful!")

In thinking about all of these things, I kept coming back to these verses:
What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him! Luke 11:11-13
God, our Heavenly Father, knows us so intimately; he even knows the number of hairs on our heads! He gives abundant, overwhelming gifts - more than we could even dream of asking for! And I think it brings Him great, great delight to give them to us, even though we don't deserve any of them. Because of his great love...

I love this picture because of the shirt Phoebe is wearing. If you can't read it, it says, "How great is the love..." (which is the beginning of 1 John 3:1, "How great is the love the father has lavished on us that we should be called children of God." ) And of all the gifts the Father delights in giving us, His greatest delight is the gift of his Son, at Christmas.

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