that’s a wrap!

trimming the tree….check!

shopping for presents….check!

decorating the house…check!

caroling…check!

baking cookies…check!

and then…the inevitable…wrapping the gifts!

ugh…cutting the right size to fit the package, fighting with the tape, not enough hands…all for the sake of ‘hiding’ what’s underneath – and all of it to be torn off and discarded!

is it worth it?

although i prefer to ‘wrap’ using gift bags, i would say that wrapping presents is worth it.  there is something about unwrapping a gift, or removing it from a bag, that stirs anticipation is us and excitement.  the precious and thoughtful gift that lies under the beautiful paper and bows is a beautiful thing.  tearing through the layers just to get to the gift is priceless!

what about The Gift?  is there wrapping to be torn off of that present?  do we tear into it wanting, craving to know what lies under the wrapping?

could it be that we – you and are – are the wrapping?

could it be that we ‘house’ Jesus?  that sometimes, our layers get in the way, obscuring the brilliance of the Gift?

is the ‘wrapping’ so thick and so ugly that no one can even begin to unearth Jesus?  have we created an atmosphere, an environment, that is conducive to unwrapping?

we have the Gift…

the goal is to share Him with the world…to give them the present we have already received.

so, this Christmas, give the greatest present you have received…Jesus.

hope…love….joy….peace

and that, my friends, is a wrap!

…(she) gave birth to her firstborn son.  She wrapped the baby in a blanket and laid Him in a feeding trough because the inn had no room for them. ~Luke 2:7 (the Voice)

 

grace.

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