Monday, December 06, 2004

Gift Giving

"If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"

Christmas season is in full swing. Our minds are on gift-giving. Last week, Beverly sent out an email to our adult children and their spouses asking them what they wanted for Christmas. She didn't have to ask Malaya (our granddaughter) because there is nothing left that Malaya hasn't already gotten from Grammy.

Why do you suppose Beverly would send out such a request? Because we want to get our kids what they need -- or, yes, even want. After all, our desire is for them to be happy, content and satisfied.

What Jesus tells us is that whatever feelings we have for our kids and whatever desire we have to meet their needs does not even compare to how our Father in heaven feels about us. He doesn't tease us. When we ask for a fish, he doesn't give us a snake. And when we ask for him to lead our lives to where he wants us to be, how do you think he answers? By leading us to where he is not? Of course not! He will lead us to where he wants us to be. He is our Father. And he cares more about our needs -- and, yes, even our wants -- than Beverly and I do about our own kids.

Could there be a more comforting thought?

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