Giving Good Gifts – Part One

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Giving Good Gifts – Part One
This year, concentrate on God’s perfect gift. No matter our station in life, our need is the same. God’s specialty is giving good gifts.



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Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights… James 1:17
No quiet town of Bethlehem surrounded us. Wrapped in home-made robes with crowns, itchy beards, shepherds crooks, and angel wings, our family stood in the cold, wind, filling our slot in our church’s live Christmas nativity scene on a busy Christmas Eve.  Long lines of cars drove slowly by, filling the air with exhaust fumes, but the message was the same as on that first Christmas. God’s gift to the world had come—Jesus Christ was born.
The cast of characters for the first Advent were a strange group. Mary and Joseph were poor and obscure, but exceptional in their obedience to their God-given task. Angels of annunciation sang. Shepherds left their flocks. Wise men from the east sought the place where the new King was born. All had need of the Christ Child’s gift.
 Giving Good Gifts Part One 2
Playing roles in the church tableau gave the opportunity for reflection on the true “gift” of Christmas. It is not available in any store, but is free for the taking to all who truly desire to know the King of Kings, the Giver of every good and perfect gift.
God knew what we needed before we were even aware. He provided us the perfect gift, His Son, born as a child. Jesus up in world of lost and dying people, sinless, yet willing to die for our sins, risen to life that we might be freed from the power of sin and receive the gift of eternal life.
Whether we’re rich, poor, well-educated, unemployed, suffering, or abundantly blessed, we all have one need in common. We need salvation from the curse of sin. Paul tells us in Romans that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” But we are also told that “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” The gift of God is “eternal life in Christ Jesus.”
Knowing the story of Christmas, acting it out, singing the songs, even knowing the scriptures can’t save us.


A gift is only of benefit when accepted by the intended receiver. So it is with God’s gift of Jesus Christ. If we never take the time to accept Him as our Savior and Lord, we don’t possess the gift.


This year, concentrate on the gift of God’s Son. He specializes in giving perfect gifts.
© Copyright 2012 by Norma Gail Thurston Holtman
About the author:

Norma - LoMD 2014Norma Gail’s debut contemporary Christian romance, Land of My Dreams, released in April 2014. She has led weekly women’s Bible studies for 20 years. Her devotionals and poetry have appeared at, the Stitches Thru Time blog, and in “The Secret Place.” She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, FaithWriters, Romance Writers of America, and the New Mexico Christian Novelists. Norma is a former RN who lives in the mountains of New Mexico with her husband of 39 years. They have two adult children.

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  1. What a good reminder–thank you, Norma!

    • You are so welcome, Kiersti!

  2. What a good reminder–thank you, Norma!

  3. Ah yes – we must ACCEPT the gift, before it has any value. – So true. God is the greatest gift-giver, isn’t He? 🙂 No matter the “station” of our life, He provides. Everything. All praise to Him!

    • Accepting is the key! Merry Christmas!

  4. We just read that verse in James on Sunday. He gave us so many good things.

    • It’s too bad we need reminding of His gifts so often. God is good!

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