Words from the Heart for Monday November 30th, 2020
I always thank my God for you and for the gracious gifts he has given you, now that you belong to Christ Jesus. Through him, God has enriched your church in every way—with all of your eloquent words and all of your knowledge.
1 Corinthians 1:4-5 (NLT)
Back in 2017 ebates.ca took a poll about Canadian gift giving. It seems Canadians are always celebrating something as gift giving is an on-going, year-round activity with 84 per cent of Canadians purchasing at least one gift in a typical month, up slightly from the previous year. When taking into account regional differences, the poll found that Canadians buy an average of two gifts per month, with Quebecers buying the most – three per month – while those in the Prairies buy the least – 1.5 gifts per month.
Now that Advent is underway, we start thinking seriously about what Christmas is all about. One of the first things that we think about is gifts. Some of you are way ahead of the curve in this. Those of you who put the energy into making gifts for loved ones have been working on those gifts for months. Others have been shopping for a while. Christmas is all about gift giving. Not because of the gold, frankincense and myrrh that the Magi brought – they aren’t a part of the Biblical Christmas story anyway. The gift in the Biblical narrative of the Christmas story is Jesus Himself. He is the greatest gift the world has ever been given. But God didn’t end the giving of gifts with Jesus. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 1:4-5: “I always thank my God for you and for the gracious gifts he has given you, now that you belong to Christ Jesus. Through him, God has enriched your church in every way—with all of your eloquent words and all of your knowledge.” During Advent, consider how you can use these gracious gifts to bless others.
These have been words from the heart.