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Sir,

 

The lyrics we currently hear in almost every shop do not allow us to quickly forget what time of the year it is, ‘So this is Christmas.’ The words blurt it out, loudly at that, for every ear to hear. Yes, in the midst of all the frenzied buying and selling, Christmas is once again upon us – although we don’t believe that December 25 was the actual day Christ was born – and shoppers everywhere are looking for that special gift, for that special person. At this time of the year ‘gifts and giving’ go hand-in-hand in a very particular and special way. We all love gifts, the more the merrier!

 

Few shoppers, however, will appreciate that the theme of giving is very prominent throughout the whole Bible, with such words as “give,” “gift,” “gave,” etc., appearing more than 2,000 times. Genesis 1:17 records the first occurrence, when on the fourth day of creation God created the sun, moon, and stars “to give light on the earth.” God’s outstretched hand has been giving generously, and liberally ever since. None of us can deny it.

 

During the giving season, we all think about the gifts we want to give to friends and family. It’s been said that a gift must meet three criteria for it to be considered “perfect.”

 

Number one, the gift should reflect the one who gives it. Number two; the gift should reflect knowledge of the one who receives it—in other words, knowledge of their needs, desires, tastes, and so forth. And number three, the gift should be of a nature and quality that will hold its value as time goes on.

 

Alas, as if we should be reminded, there is no perfect Christmas gift - at least not in any High Street shop. Even if you shopped all the world’s stores you wouldn’t find it either. If you did, a vain imagination, then you wouldn’t want another. The Bible reminds us there is only one perfect gift. It gives more happiness than any other worldly gift. It is so deep that it endures through the worst of times. It has meaning for every age and in every situation. The perfect gift is a personal relationship with Jesus, the only Son of God, ‘the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord’ (Romans 6:23) This gift alone is, the ‘unspeakable gift.’

 

We know God gave mankind the perfect gift when He gave heaven’s best, ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,’ The gift of Jesus meets all of the criteria for being a perfect gift. Number one, Jesus reflects the One Who gave Him - God the Father. Number two, God’s gift of His Son reflects knowledge of our needs.

 

And number three, the gift of Jesus is of a nature and quality that will hold its value as times goes on. Jesus’ value is eternal, it never expires, as John 3:16 powerfully reminds us “Whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Truly this is the perfect gift and the price is paid in full.

 

All you and I have to do to receive this perfect eternal gift is receive Him and believe in Him by faith, “as many as received him, to them gave He (Jesus) power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.’ What a promise, what a gift, what a Saviour, what hope!

 

I wish every reader God’s richly blessing during the busy holiday season and pray that ‘old things will become new’ in your heart and home, in 2018.

 

Tha ann a Criosd riarachadh, O nach iarr sibh E do chach (There is full joy in Christ, may this joy be every-ones).

 

Mr Donald J Morrison

85 Old Edinburgh Road

Inverness.

 

Letter:  The  theme of giving

23 December 2017