by PamFord Davis
12/22/2009 / Devotionals
You have thoughtfully selected the perfect gift for your loved one. It is gift wrapped in gold foiled paper and decorated with matching ribbons and bows. It is placed beneath the tree in a noticeable place and you can hardly wait for it to be opened.
Christmas arrives and gifts are exchanged. Your heart leaps in anticipation. What will the response be to that perfect gift? You watch as package after package is opened and the presents are examined. Will yours be opened next? The delay only builds the suspense; maybe the best is being saved for last.
To your surprise the gift remains unopened under the tree. It is easily seen. It is just not opened or received. We would be confused, disappointed and hurt. Empathy is the ability to experience the raw emotions of another, having the ability to feel their pain. This Christmas we might be given the sense of a loving Father's heart. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16 NKJ)." His Son Jesus is His gift. "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God,
(John 1:12-13 NKJ)." We must not leave His gift unopened; He wants each of us to receive His Son and the everlasting life He brings. He is the gift of love, hope, peace, and joy.
Freelance writer of both fiction and non-fiction. Devotionals are her first love in writing. Published articles in Mature Living Magazine, Devotions for the Deaf, The Secret Place, Light from the Word, Coosa Journal and more. Devotions included in Mary Hollingsworth's The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter by Tyndale Publishers.
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