After the Gifts Have Been Opened (A Christmas Reflection)

I’ve come to the conclusion that Christmas is unfair.

 

We’ve spent a lot of energy shopping for the perfect gifts for our children.

Our kids spent a lot of energy thinking about the perfect gifts for themselves.

 

We spent hundreds of dollars on gifts for our children.

Our kids are about to spend money that they got for Christmas.

 

For our kids, Christmas has been a wonderful, thrilling time.

For us, Christmas has been a stressful, tiring time.

 

But we did it joyfully…because we love them.

 

Yes, I am convinced that Christmas is unfair.

 

And that’s not so bad, because…

 

Our Heavenly Father spent a lot of time thinking about us.

We spent a lot of time thinking about ourselves.

 

Our Heavenly Father offered the perfect gift, His Son, for us.

We offered Him nothing but sin, shame, and brokenness.

 

Our Heavenly Father ordained His Son’s atoning death for us,

While we pridefully maintained our own innocence.

 

But He did it joyfully…because He loves us.

 

(c) Brett A. Maragni, 2013

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